Jonathan Cainer's Zodiac Forecasts

Jonathan Cainer's Astro News
Friday May 24th 2002 - edited by Bernard Fitzwalter

This week in Astro News:
~ Saturn & Pluto ~
~ AstroDiary ~
~ Astrology & Fertility - Can you help with some research? ~

The final confrontation between Saturn and Pluto takes place this weekend.

After this contact Saturn will move on, Pluto will back off - literally, since it is moving in reverse at the moment - and the series of contacts that have made our lives so difficult for the last ten months will be over. Itís important to see, though, that it is all part of a larger cycle, which repeats at irregular intervals of between 30 and 35 years. The issues which are prominent when the two planets are together at the start of the cycle reach a crisis point when they are half-way round and exactly opposite each other, and thatís what weíve been going through in the last few months. When they were together in 1947, the State of Israel was in the process of being created. And the Palestine issue was a major concern too; when they were together in 1982, the present wave of Islamic fundamentalism started in Iran. Both events have become major issues now that the cycle has reached its most stressful point. So when the opposition is over, will those tensions start to ease? Yes. And will it all flare up again when the two planets are together again? Probably, if the past is anything to go by. And since you ask, that will be in 2020.

Back to the present day. This weekend is going to be tense, that much is certain, but even if we see some dramatic events on the world stage, I donít think theyíll add anything genuinely new to whatís already there. This is, after all, not the first planetary contact in the sequence, but the last. Itís worth noting, too, that Mars, the planet of war and an important triggering influence in these international crises, moves into Cancer on Tuesday, where it will stay for the next six weeks. This is good in three ways. Firstly, it takes Mars out of the signs where Saturn and Pluto are, so itís out of harmís way, so to speak; secondly, Mars is astrologically very weak when in Cancer, so it canít do much; and thirdly, Cancer is a water sign, which quenches Marsí fire. You canít light fireworks with wet matches, can you?

Monday (May 27): Astrological Lodge of London, 50 Gloucester Place, London W1. 7pm:
Glyphs with Kim Farnell; 8.20pm: Members class (4) Astronomy for Astrologers with Nick Kollerstrom. £5 (£3 members.)

Advance notice
June 1 (Saturday): Oxford Astrology Group. Asian Cultural Centre, Manzil Way, Oxford. Day workshop. 10am - 4pm. £5 at door. Email:
June 2 (Sunday): Exeter Astrology Group. Friends' Meeting House, Exeter. Transits & Dreamswith Annabelle Rankin. 2.30-5.30pm. £2.

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Research into Astrology and Infertility by Pat Harris, MSc., D.F.Astrol.S.

I would like to thank everyone who has responded to my earlier notices on Jonathan's website and who volunteered to take part in the research that I am conducting as part of my PhD in astrology and health psychology at Southampton University, UK. I now have quite a number of people taking part which will help me in conducting my study into factors that may or may not correlate with fertility treatment outcome. I should have a progress report out soon. However, I am still looking for women who are currently pregnant - not necessarily as a result of fertility treatment - and who would like to contact me about details of my research to see if they would like to take part. My email address is:

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