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The Fixed French Cross

Dear Readers:

WITH EACH NEW edition of Astrology Secrets Revealed lately, it feels like we cover 10 years of history, and it's certainly a challenge trying to process and piece together what is happening.

We seem to be in some kind of celestial speedup, or a cosmic riptide that's accelerating the evolutionary process. The strange thing about the movement of time is that we usually stand with our backs toward the future; we typically look toward the past, see the past, and remember the past. The future seems to be an abstraction; the present is elusive; only the past is concrete, because we're surrounded by its debris.

Strange, isn't it?

Just after our last edition went to press, Patrick Fitzgerald, the special prosecutor, announced the indictment of Scooter Libby, a high-level Bush administration official. He was charged with lying to investigators and obstructing the investigation into who leaked the name of US spy Valerie Plame to the press in retaliation for her husband revealing that lies were told on the march to war.

As covered in the prior edition, the chart that predicted this event was the secondary progressions of the Inauguration chart. And per that same chart, we have mucho big news coming in late March, when the progressed Gemini Moon opposes the 8th house Pluto.

The indictment is truly monumental news, and the first serious governmental challenge to the credibility of the Iraq war or the Bush administration. Libby immediately resigned, and the investigation of the almighty Karl Rove (a/k/a Bush's brain) continues. Dick Cheney continues to be under some rather difficult transits, for someone in his position.

The chart for the indictment itself features Capricorn rising, and the Sun and Part of Fortune are conjunct on the 10th house cusp in Scorpio. Jupiter occupies the MC, conjunct to within 7 arc minutes. The Moon is in Virgo. There is a close Venus-Pluto conjunction.

The exact data for the indictment is: Friday, Oct. 28, 2005, 12:37 pm EDT, Washington, DC. Source: live television report from courtroom, via cell phone, as it happened.

And though it may not seem like much to some, particularly those who are used to hearing about people thrown in to Guantanamo Bay with no charges and left there four years, the British Parliament's House of Commons firmly defeated a plan Wednesday night that would have kept supposed terror suspects in jail for 90 days with no charges. That was at 4:56 pm GMT in London.

It is a defeat for Tony Blair who, like Bush, has developed the disturbing habit of making up the God's honest truth out of air. Living in the international world that we do, it's a good example for the Americans, who certainly need a little leadership at this point.

Rioting Across France

Dominating the news these days is, of course, the horrendous situation in France -- rioting initially breaking out in the housing projects of Clichy-sous-Bois, then spreading across the country.

In France, recent events were set off by the electrocution deaths of Bouna Traore, 15, and Zyed Benna, 17, on the evening of Oct. 27. Here is the chart. This was just a day before the indictment, so we have two crucial historical events emerging with Jupiter in very early Scorpio, and with a Venus-Pluto conjunction.

France is having some wild and ugly scenes. While the US media are turning the story into their usual blend of horror and entertainment, many thousands of cars have indeed been burned (sometimes more than 1,000 in a night) and businesses are being torched, all in what you could view as an enormous, violent, extremely expensive national transformational ritual.

The rioting has spread from the Mediterranean to the German border and even into the heart of Paris on one occasion. France is very fortunate not to be a gun culture like the United States; the cops pretty much do count on not getting shot at.

Something is definitely in the air -- particularly a fixed grand cross that was exact Monday as the Mars retrograde reached its peak. Mars retrograde in Taurus opposed the Sun in Scorpio, marking the exact midpoint in the retrograde process and making an exact square, along with the Sun, to Neptune in Aquarius. Saturn in Leo is nearby. Here is the chart for the grand fixed cross.

Under this energy, there have also been protests and riots in many places during the past week or so, including in Argentina, greeting Bush showing up for a summit of leaders of countries in the Americas, as well as election-related protests in the former Soviet republic of Azerbaijan, and rather vocal demonstrations in London earlier this week, greeting the official state visit of China's President Ho.

The French situation that has surfaced is a very old story, dating back to something called the Algerian War of Independence half a century ago. To make a long story longer, I'm going to provide more than usual political background, because it's relevant to the chart, and because I'm not seeing it anywhere else on the Internet.

Beginning in 1954, Algerian Muslim factions in a French colony waged what began as a guerilla war against France, seeking independence, which evolved into full-on warfare that by some estimates killed 1.5 million people on both sides. Note that the war is having its Chiron return; the crisis began with Chiron in late Capricorn and proceeded through its duration with Chiron in Aquarius. Chiron is now in the process of making the change from Capricorn to Aquarius. So we are seeing unfinished business of the Algerian situation emerge, as is often the case with the Chiron return.

The setting where the riots began is where many Algerian and other North African immigrants and their descendants still live. The curfew laws being used now were originally created for the purpose of quelling crises in France associated with the Algerian war. And the housing projects themselves were created to provide a housing solution for hundreds of thousands of North African immigrants. So there are many throwbacks to one Chiron cycle ago. (But we must remember that this situation, like Iraq, is part of the long, violent struggle between the Christians and the Muslims that goes back almost to the beginning of both religions.)

We are by now familiar with the setting. The interior of Paris, with its grand boulevards, incomparable postcards and 10 euro scrambled eggs, is just one side of city life. The other side is the outside. Beyond the Peripheral, the highway that goes around the central part of the city, there are many little towns featuring housing projects called "CitÚs." This is an image of being beyond the boundary of Paris, much like Chiron orbits outside the boundary of Saturn. Living on the edge of society has appeared many times in the annals of Chiron. The people out there are indeed outcasts, another theme near and dear to Chiron.

The CitÚs resemble prisons where African and North African immigrants and their children live, with few jobs, little access to transportation and essentially nothing to do. They are ghettoes in the true sense of the word -- concentrations of certain categories of people. Those who live there are treated as outsiders, and in many respects they are forgotten, excluded members of French society. By all reports, it's a hopeless life, and the young men there are extremely frustrated and restless -- a feeling apropos of Mars retrograde in Taurus.

These young people say they are under constant police harassment, which led to the deaths of the two teenagers Oct. 27.

It has not helped the situation that, instead of offering his regrets over the deaths of the two boys (who feared they were being chased by the cops -- a typical scene), the French minister of the interior, someone of "conservative" persuasion with political aspirations, called Nicolas Sarkozy, referred to the residents of the CitÚs as rachaille and said he would clean them up with Karcher, a violent, abrasive cleaning system used to strip away extremely hard dirt, such as encrusted pigeon droppings.

There is no exact translation for rachaille, but it's a stupid and mean thing for a government minister to say, particularly when people are suffering from grief, and when the whole situation is so sensitive and volatile. Sarkozy is inflaming an old and unhealed wound, again recalling the Chiron return. In the United States, we call this race baiting: saying or doing something that stirs up racial trouble, and which looks all too intentional.

But true to the nature of Chiron in Capricorn, Sarkozy is playing all his cards and showing us what he's really made of.

The French National Horoscope

To begin understanding these events astrologically, let's start with the current chart of France -- called the Fifth Republic, a political entity created during (and in part, in response to) the Algerian war, and which changed the status of Algeria to a more independent relationship from the mainland of France. This chart goes into the Classic Example file.

France Fifth Republic Chart

First, take a look at the arrow on top of the chart. What is it pointing to? Gee whiz -- none other than THE ARIES POINT. You can recognize it by the ram's horns up on top, that are the symbol for the sign Aries, and the 00 next to it, meaning the first degree. The Aries Point never fails to make an appearance in this column, and it is making a stunning one today, in person, precisely on the 10th house cusp -- the house dealing with government. This is a permanent feature of the current French chart. France and its government are in a sense under the constant influence of the Aries Point, which gives their actions far-reaching effects and makes the actions of the government feel particularly personal to a lot of people.

Week after week, we have seen this point in action. It is "The Personal is Political" area of the chart, and that is the theme of our era. The Aries Point has been sparked off by a series of events going back to a total solar eclipse of June 21, 2001, covered extensively in this column and looked at closely in the Sept. 9 edition. We have also had a LOT of action on the Aries point over the past summer, particularly the first of two Capricorn Full Moons that fully activated the June 21, 2001 eclipse. (My article on Planet Waves, "Twice: The Capricorn Full Moon" also looks closely at this event.)

What is interesting is that the involvement of the Aries Point links the current situation in France to the Sept. 11, 2001 incident (owing to that June 21, 2001 eclipse), and many other modern events. When I say the words "Aries Point," that really means the first degrees of Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn -- the Cardinal Points. The four degrees (and their immediate surrounds) function as one energy system. It's also okay to refer to "Cancer Point" when dealing with the first degree of Cancer, or Libra Point or so on; the point comes across.

The French national chart has another super-weird connection to the Sept. 11 chart -- involving the Moon's placement at 28+ degrees Gemini. This was the exact position of the Moon when the World Trade Center was attacked; and, in another genuinely bizarre synchronicity, during the earthquake that created the Asian tsunamis late last year, which killed a lot of Muslims. There must be a Muslim connection to this degree, but I don't know what it is yet.

For reference, the Moon occupies one degree of the zodiac for two hours, 13 times a year. So, that's a total of one day per year, but divided over 13, two-hour appearances -- not so very often, and the Moon is moving fast. And this one particular degree keeps showing up.

The next noteworthy thing about the French national chart is that the most recent solar eclipse, on Oct. 5, was exactly conjunct the natal Sun of France. Notice that in the Fifth Republic chart, the Sun is at 11 degrees of Libra and 12 arc minutes. The eclipse occurred at 10 degrees of Libra and 19 minutes -- a very close conjunction. Here is the chart for the eclipse, to refresh your memory:

Annualar Solar Eclipse

This chart is set for Clichy-sous-Bois. Remember that eclipse charts are among the very best predictive charts you can work with (assuming you look at them and actually make the prediction -- that's at least half the trick). Here is a fine example of why, and a revelation of how events help us understand astrology.

For those of you who are fans of the Centaur planets (Chiron and those in its group), the chart has the last degree of Scorpio in the ascendant. There is a planet near that degree -- Pholus, the second Centaur planet. The named Centaurs began with Chiron, discovered in 1977; then came Pholus in 1992, and Nessus in 1993. They are all intense, they accelerate the action of the chart, and will get in your face till you notice what they are saying.

Pholus has the property of release, opening, and emerging -- i.e., something gets out and you can't get it back in, such as when riots begin and you cannot stop them. Another quality of Pholus is anything involving three generations -- such as the three generations that have elapsed since the Algerian war.

Pholus also addresses issues that belong to the entire tribe, collective property, and group responses. The grief over the deaths of Traore and Benna, the two teenage boys, is certainly collective tribal property.

The connection between the eclipse and the France-Fifth-Republic chart emphasizes the point that the Libra planets in the France chart have been taking a lot of transits during the past year, culminating with an exact eclipse. In the fall of 2004, there was another peak of Libra activity, around the time that Yasser Arafat (another Muslim connection) was brought to Paris when he was sick and dying.

Here is how I reported it at the time:

"France has been big news the past week, with the death of Yasser Arafat near Paris and the Ivory Coast exploding into crisis. I thought I would have a look at the national horoscope of France, set for Oct. 5, 1958, 12:01 a.m., Paris -- the chart for the creation of what is called the Fifth Republic, under the leadership of DeGaulle. The Fifth Republic replaced a factional parliamentary government, and put in place a strong presidency. Interesting that this change came in the midst of a crisis involving Algeria, one of the last true French colonies, and with the Ivory Coast, now we're seeing a kind of colonial crisis emerge again.

"During the past week, we've had an enormous amount of intense astrology blow through Libra, and it turns out that Libra dominates the chart of France. With Venus, Ceres, Mercury, and the Sun all being in the sign of the scales, when we get a series of events -- like last week's triple eclipse of planets by the Moon -- you can be sure that things are going to get interesting."

Well, interesting is hardly the word for it. I have pondered a few times over the past year why France seemed so quiet, given the intensity of the transits the chart was taking. Like a lot of things in here, this situation took its time developing. But the cosmic trigger was an exact eclipse on the Sun of its natal chart -- which set off a decades-old colonial crisis. The people in the CitÚs are the legacy of France's colonial experiments in North Africa, which from time to time erupt into crisis.

Now, an eclipse on the Sun does not always spell disaster. But it does spell energy movement. What moves depends on what kind of energy you have. If you've had a disaster brewing for a long time, then an eclipse is the perfect way to let the pressure off. The problem with broadcasting this kind of information is that it gives eclipses a bad name, or rather, makes sure that their bad-name-of-old sticks.

Part of the reason that eclipses are so troubling to people is that they are all about change, and hardly anybody likes change. And that is why the world gets into so much trouble so often.

The Grand Fixed Cross

In considering the events of the past couple of weeks, we can't ignore the grand fixed cross that passed through this week. Once again, here is a link to the chart, set for Clichy-sous-Bois:

This aspect structure involves planets in the fixed signs during the past few months: the long Mars retrograde in Taurus; Saturn moving into Leo in July; and the Sun and Jupiter moving into Scorpio about two weeks ago. This aspect was covered in two places in the last edition of Astrology Secrets Revealed.

The grand fixed cross is going to be with us for a while. It reincarnates in Version 2 on December 5 (as Mars, Jupiter and Saturn come into contact, with Neptune close by) and then again Jan. 15, with the same four planets forming a more precise alignment. I will cover these aspects in the coming weeks.

The fixed signs are about transmutation; going beyond limitations; going to a new level; moving from the physical to the nonphysical; from ego to soul level of awareness. There is a quality of liberation. Certainly, it is true enough that the grand fixed cross can arrive with a lot of contention -- but the message, the project, the lesson, the idea, is rising above the battleground, resolving the strife, and meeting in peace, as friends.

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Dark and light

Dear Eric,

This is a super, super-important time for me, like all of us, and I really could use a clear understand of what the 'dark forces' of the universe are. I am asking you because I see you as a surfer riding the feared wave, like the hot veteran surfers who broke through the taboo (and their own growing apprehension) of getting in the path of the tidal wave on a river in South America and found it was the ride of a lifetime...and also inspired courage in the local kids, who immediately started practicing surfing for themselves near their homes on the river banks. I ask for your characteristic compassionate and passionate perspective, because the old dogmatic images mostly inspire fear in me, and I want to go beyond that. I have work to do, and I need more understanding so that I can develop my focus and intentions.

Is there necessarily a balance between dark and light? Or do we really have enemies? Meaning, is a universe of pure light what we want, as in all creation is moving toward full awareness and love? Or is there some evil other seeking to destroy or enslave us? Would that mean our love-universe is not the only universe? Or is the battle actually an internal one between the ego and the true self that we act out personally and make as big as the story of the universe? Then the answer would be simplified, brought down to the questions of self-understanding, selflove, faith, maturity. What is the real battle, Eric?

Thanks and a bushel of light to you,

Jennifer Spring

Dear Jennifer,
In my view, the questions you're presenting need to be asked as internal ones first, that is, as questions about oneself. Then we can look at the larger forces in the world. I feel that all spiritually oriented questions need to be taken this way. This is a boundary issue, between "me" and "the world." It is true that there are forces of darkness both within and without. But in our stage of history and evolution, the ones within are far more important, and most often empower the ones outside ourselves.

It is not possible to state precisely what or where the me/world boundary is -- because there is a lot of overlap -- but we can ask the question and see what we notice.

Hence, faced with any situation that perplexes us, we can ask: "What about this involves me, and what involves the world?" And then we need to listen for the answer. The ability to do this, and orient on a reasonable idea in response, is an important basis of psychic and emotional health. It is much of what we learn in therapy. It is the essence of spiritual growth. It is lots of what we do when our relationships are sane and healthy. It is the reason why we need to "love your neighbor as yourself," because in the absence of understanding the difference between oneself and one's neighbor, love is the sane route. But until we know ourselves, love can feel pretty dangerous.

As students of astrology and metaphysics on any level, we have a profound responsibility to know ourselves, and to put our lives on a healing journey, so that we can feel better, learn to let our creative energy flow, and be of service to the healing processes of others around us.

Humans in Western Civ have a tendency to project (in the psychological sense of that word) -- that is, to see and experience the cast-off parts of our personalities as things outside ourselves, and thus to cast blame or idolatry where it does not belong. We often see things as more dastardly or more admirable than ourselves, and in some people this is a dramatic and dominant condition of their experience of life. It is indeed possible to project so much of one's identity outward that one does not seem to exist at all; it is possible to have such a weak sense of existence that everything is a projection and we are entirely validated, or not, from the outside.

It happens often in special love relationships and special hate relationships, which tend to have many similar properties.

We hear less about something called introjection -- taking on the blame and responsibility for things that have nothing to do with us. This process is closely related to guilt, and it begins very early, indeed, in or before infancy, when we take on the emotions of others and blame ourselves for what goes on around us, but which is totally outside our control.

An example (an obvious one, there are subtler ones) might be having heard our parents fighting when we were little, and taking on the blame; or holding ourselves responsible for the misery of our caregivers; or for events that occur within the family. Many kids blame themselves for these kinds of events, and indeed this coincides with the fact that many are actively blamed (others projecting onto us), and then we take on the responsibility as a burden, when in fact, we are not really responsible; it is not our fault, and we are not "able to respond."

This sense of responsibility often comes in the form of guilt; the guilt becomes a habit, which is the habit of self-judgment and self-attack; and a war breaks out within the psyche. There is a split. The two halves of the psyche often take the role of light and dark; of illumination and shadow; of what we are aware of, and what we cannot acknowledge.

In the mist of this war, it can become impossible to discern what feelings come from outside stimulus and which are the result of legacies left behind from how we were treated. And these legacies are powerful! The emotions, such as guilt, can be overwhelming and at times take over one's entire identity.

Then something weird happens. Because the guilt is so powerful and overwhelming, we learn to project it outward, and blame someone or something other than ourselves for how we feel. This is a kind of last-ditch escape valve that opens, to let off the insane pressure of self-blame. And in the midst of this whole equation, we are basically heading for lives of constant petty conflict (or worse), which is really the product of a fierce inner battle that began at the latest in early childhood. It has nothing to do with actual right and wrong -- despite the feeling of guilt saying WRONG in very strong terms.

Before we have any discussion of evil, such as whether there exists a dark force, or any discussion of whether "light and dark must balance," we need to acknowledge and be aware of the struggle I'm describing, so that we don't get confused, and we don't cease to take responsibility for consciously negotiating any part of the process. In other words, I am proposing that in any exploration of outer reality (including another person), we need to maintain self-awareness.

For those of us who practice astrology, any form of natural religion, any of the psychic arts, or any healing art, we're working right at the boundary between what is individual and what is collective. So we need to learn to be self-aware as best we can. It's our protection, and it protects others around us.

However, for most, being truly aware of inner conflict is too much to think about, so we stuff it down to the basement of consciousness, also called the subconscious. This gets it out of the way for a while, but actually, it has a way of raising hell. If that happens, we are either destined to some degree of ongoing conflict -- or worse, we are made ripe for plucking by somebody's dark plan. Holding this conflict unresolved is how a lot of people get lured into the military, dark political movements, religious cults, and other collective forces that typically do more harm than good, and involve surrendering one's power.

On our plane of reality, when evil manifests, it does so most often through the compromises of compromised people. It most often happens because we either seem to agree, or just go along with it. And this is a state most often attained through withdrawing awareness and denying our power; in other words, the agreement is often tacit. It also comes as a result of the inner guilt battle I've described, which renders people essentially paralyzed, helpless, or impotent -- whatever you want to call it -- to face actual situations in our lives, in our families and in our relationships.

I'm going to call this the gray area. In this gray area, right and wrong become ambiguous, pleasure and pain get mixed up into one experience, most everything is a compromise in which we lose, and most of all, the ability to make choices seems to disappear. This gray area is the most useful thing that evil works with. There are very few people who are actually evil, who actually want to hurt others. But there are many people who withdraw awareness and essentially give up, and that's where we're ripe for the picking.

The reason most people stay there is that AWARENESS IS TOO PAINFUL!

Now, when you look around at the world, what do you see? Choose something that disturbs you, and then see if you can make a series of associations of worldly causes that made it so. Not metaphysical ones -- plain and simple, on the ground, with a paper trail.

With the possible exception of what we call "natural disasters" (which lately are not so natural) it's possible to trace just about anything that hurts people back to a plan whereby someone else profits. Let's use smoking as an example. Let's see. We have constant advertising for a highly addictive, deadly product; we have companies and industries that buy off legislators to get their way; in the process, they make billions in profits, and people get a product they "like" that makes them sick. Of course, in the end, it's all "their fault" because after all, they smoke!

Now, as an individual you cannot stop the cigarette companies, but anyone can stop smoking, and thus to a great extent divest of that particular evil for themselves personally. Then, if you really want to get away from the cigarette smoke, you can quit your job as a bartender and get work that puts you in a safer environment, and so on.

But why can't we stop the greater enemy, the greater evil -- the cigarette companies? After all, we could shut them down in about a week -- everybody suddenly stops buying cigarettes.

Easy -- most people don't feel they could stop smoking, or they don't want to, they don't care, or they don't try. Or, they like it and want to do it, even knowing it hurts them. As a result, the cigarette companies can get away with just about anything they want; because smokers pay for it, taxpayers pay for tobacco subsidies, cigarette company budgets pay for advertising and fighting restrictions, which lures in more smokers, and on and on it goes.

But whose fault is it? But of course, it's "YOUR FAULT" because you smoke! Most people DO blame themselves for smoking, without, in the same thought, acknowledging the medical fact that nicotine is more addictive than heroin or cocaine. It's a lot easier to start than it is to stop. Advertising and peer pressure push us. Inner conflict helps the process of addiction; the self-blame and guilt make it all the worse, and provide the psychological "need" for the substance; and so on.

But in the end, in truth, despite all these factors, smoking is an individual choice.

I think in the story of cigarettes, we have an excellent parable for the issue of evil. Just about every worldly or metaphysical example you can give follows a similar shape, and similar lines of responsibility.

So -- as you ask -- who is the enemy? Is it within, or without? Or is there a collaboration? I've noticed that it works this way on every level of reality you go to, be it physical or metaphysical. It works in relationships, it works in cases of what some call "possession," which is a relationship, and it works in how we relate to anything that seems to have power over us.

This relates to the "balance of light and dark" question. I know that this is an equation that's tossed around a lot -- dark and light must balance; the Yin-Yang symbol is a symbol of balance; and so on. But it's important to define your terms. When we say that light and dark must balance within a human psyche, it would be a misunderstanding to say that people must be as evil as they are good in order to be in balance.

Rather, there is the issue of awareness of the shadow side of the psyche. To me, the sense of balance is about being aware of the light side of the psyche as well as the shadow side: that which is hidden, that which we deny, that which resides in the deep past, tendencies which hurt us. If we don't acknowledge the shadow side, we end up in the gray area, often unable to discern what helps and what hurts; who we love and who we do not; and so on.

On the physical plane, on Planet Earth, we get to make choices. These choices involve how we direct the energy we notice is available to us. I make no pretense of knowing "why we are here," but I can see clearly that people do have the power to make decisions -- and this is a power we frequently give away to others. And often there is nothing anyone else can do about it.

The best we can do is make sure we know our own agenda, which means admitting to having one, and taking control over what goes on it; and constantly looking for clues that reveal the agendas of others -- and then keep making decisions.

I leave you with a quote from A Course in Miracles that you can ponder for a bit if you like. I don't know of it's true, but it is compelling. "The symbols of love against the symbols of hate play out a conflict that does not exist, for symbols stand for something else, and the symbol of love is without meaning if love is everything."

Virgo's ruler

Dear Eric,

I'm a Virgo and am confused. What is the sign's ruler now?

I know it was Mercury previously, but with so many new discoveries I'm confused. Various sources I've read have reported it as being either Chiron, Sedna or Xena.

Can you clear this up for all of us Virgos out there?


Dear Shirley
Mercury is the ruler of Virgo.

The rulers of a sign do not change just because a new planet is discovered. Rulership is a matter of tradition. It is true that since the discovery of Uranus, Neptune and Pluto, many astrologers do indeed consider these to be the rulers of signs. And with the discovery of Chiron in 1977, the discussion of what to do with this new planet was raised. Most astrologers have noted that Chiron has a connection with both Virgo and Sagittarius.

But rulership is another issue. I cover the subject in depth in the June 10 edition of Astrology Secrets Revealed.

The C-Section Update!

Dear Eric,

Thanks for the answer/advice re: the "planned c-section." We were actually planning on trying to have our baby turned around 10am on 10/26, if it appeared possible. My water broke prematurely at 2:45am the night before and he decided himself to come out that day instead! Welcome to life with our perfect, new little Scorpio!


Dear Leslie
I'm really happy to hear that. We got quite a few letters about turning a breech child -- there are many holistic methods. This is why I recommend prenatal care with holistic practitioners as well as medical doctors -- this way, they know your case before you need them. And as I've said before, I worship the ground midwives walk on and suggest that all women, even if they are not pregnant or have no intention to have a child, keep contact with a midwife as their co-primary healthcare provider.

Hi Eric,

I really enjoy your blogs and the site. I came upon you via Cainer's site. My view of the current political situation is that from the jaws of despair we shall gain a new understanding of the world and ourselves...not necessarily in that order. This cabal of power appears to be slowly disintegrating and as the onion is peeled the world will see just how deep and dark this rabbit hole truly is. The outrage will have its own consequences. We require a new paradigm. It is much too obvious that the old one is not only broken but is beyond repair. Perhaps we could envision our wildest and grandest dreams and see them manifest as this current order unravels. What would it be like for humanity to truly care for one another? Seeing in each face and body themselves? A world without borders... Hmmm... Wonder what the stars say... is it true we can see a 1000 years of peace as is predicted in the Vedas? I suggest we stay alive, stay bold and we will certainly see the outcomes... May all beings everywhere be happy.

Steve St Clair

Dear Steve
Here is what comes to mind. In considering the long-term future, we need to consider the short-term bridges that get us to the next stage one at a time. And in a few years, we will embark on the journey of Pluto in Capricorn.

And for that, I would envision a world where people take personal responsibility for their actions, for their healing, and for helping society work. I envision a world where people are strong enough to not be scared of being free.

As we complete the journey of Chiron in Capricorn in the next couple of weeks, and as we look at what has come to the surface in the four years of this transit, we see precisely what happens when people give up responsibility and trust power blindly.

Fixed stars

Dear Eric,

I've been wondering how you feel about the fixed stars and whether you ever use them in chart analysis. In particular I'm interested in your thoughts on Algol (which features in my own chart, being conjunct my Venus, which squares Saturn in the 8th house). Although I became interested in Algol and the Aries point because of the way they hit my own chart -- I have Mars on the Aries point -- I can't help but wonder how they affect the world scene. My curiosity about the Aries Point and its relation to current events has been somewhat satisfied by your many excellent discussions, but I'm still wondering about Algol and its potential to wreak havoc, COMBINED with the power of the Aries Point related phenomena you have brought our attention to. Every time I pull up a transit chart lately, the sight of Mars so close to Algol gets up and thumps me in the head. How do you feel about it?

Thank you so very much for your beautifully written, insightful articles. Rock on!


Dear Anne-Marie
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A reader pointed out an error in my response -- so I'll have a new response next week. Meanwhile, if there are any people who are into the fixed stars, please send in your ideas and responses regarding the star Algol. Thank you!

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