Astrology and Anthroposophy

22 July 2010

Saturn opposite Uranus

A friend in the US recently wrote that he heard there is to be an important star configuration on 30 July 2010. He wanted to know what is special about this date. Here is my response:

The planet Saturn has been doing an opposition dance with Uranus since October 2008 and the last opposition in this series will occur on July 30, 2010. I will focus on these two planets for now. Saturn represents structure and form as well as conservative institutions such as banks, governments and orthodox religions. Uranus was discovered around the time of the American and French revolutions and it tends to have a revolutionary effect, tearing down old rigid structures. You only have to reflect for a moment on how the banks and the Catholic Church have fared in the past two years to see what can happen when Uranus opposes Saturn. Also, Saturn and Uranus were in exact opposition on US election day 2008 when the forces of change (Uranus) opposed and pushed out the more conservative
party (Saturn.)

The star chart here is for 30 July, 2010 and it shows the opposition of Saturn and Uranus. You can click on the image for a larger, clearer view. The outer ring shows the zodiac constellations and the inner ring, the zodiac signs. Saturn is trying to maintain his balance in the sign of Libra while Uranus is in fiery Aries. You will see that Mars is conjunct Saturn and the Moon is conjunct Uranus. 0 degrees Aries and 0 degrees Libra are the points where the Sun stands at the spring and autumn equinoxes and are called cardinal points. Planetary events at the cardinal points are said to be more intense and dramatic. Also, Uranus is conjunct Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. Astrological events connected with Jupiter tend to be big.

The Moon moves quickly relative to the other heavenly bodies and it could act as a kind of trigger at this time setting off the effects of the on-going opposition of the slower planets. You will see from the news, even now as the tension builds up, that the Catholic Church and the Pope are in trouble once again. This time there is an attempt to remedy the child abuse issue with a change to Canon law. However, included in the document is the statement that the ordination of women is a grievous sin and anyone even assisting in such a dastardly act is subject to excommunication.
To make matters even worse, it appears that the punishment for child abuse by a priest is that he merely be defrocked. Putting the two issues in the same paper, somehow equates the two and this caused a revolt by various women's organizations, a Uranus-like opposition to an institution equated with Saturn.

The star chart shows also that both Saturn and Uranus are in a stressful square to Pluto. The latter might have been demoted to less than a planet but its effects are still powerful and volcanic. As the god of the underworld he forces that which is hidden in the depths up and out into the light. So, fasten your seat belts.

16 March 2010

New Moon before Easter

-----------New Moon before Easter -----------------------Ganganda Greida

The new Moon before Easter occurred this year on Monday 15 March. For a few nights after this you can see, in the west after sunset, the crescent Moon lying on its back in the form of a bowl or chalice. Within it can be seen, like the Host, a reflection of the whole Moon. Rudolf Steiner called this the Grail and used the Nordic name of Ganganda Greida.

Ganganda Greida, means something like provisions or nourishment. The expression occurs in an old legend of Parsifal written in the Nordic language similar to modern-day Icelandic. The legend originated in the 13th century and was probably based on Chrestien de Troyes’ book on Parsifal.

I was unable to take a photo this time due to cloudy weather. If you have a clear sky after sunset, it is well worth while taking a look as the mood is quite special.

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