A fun spin on serious cosmic stuff! Wendell C. Perry has 40 years experience studying astrology and how it impacts personalities & relationships. He's written two books & published articles in astrology magazines. He's happy to share this website so that you, too, can have fun with astrology to help you in everyday life!
Sunday night, as she was receiving a special award at the Golden Globe ceremony, Meryl Streep made remarks critical of our President-Elect. She recalled how Trump had mimicked a disabled reporter during a campaign speech. Trump’s action and remarks were televised and broadcast to the world, but he adamantly denies that it happened. Now Meryl Streep has become Public Enemy #1.
How do you go from being one of the most beloved and award-winning actresses of our time to becoming an object of scorn and rebuke? Astrologically, all it takes is the proper alignment of a couple of planets. In Streep’s horoscope (click here to see a double chart for Streep and the aspect during her speech) transiting Pluto is nearing an opposition to her natal Venus. At the time of her speech, the Sun was conjunct Pluto and almost exactly opposed to her natal Venus.
Yesterday Donald Trump was finally forced to admit that the hack on the computer files of the Democratic National Committee was not only carried out by operatives working for the Russian government, but was very likely ordered by Vladimir Putin himself. Considering the scorn that he has heaped on the C.I.A. and their claims of Russian involvement over the past few months, this was a huge change in direction.
The aspect responsible for this change was the opposition of transiting Saturn to his Sun. Saturn dishes up reality, and when it is in conflict with the Sun, that reality often represents a direct challenge to the ego. Trump was quick to say that this interference by the Russians did not have an effect on the outcome of the election. Implicit in that claim is an awareness that the majority of American who voted against him might have a different view.
Hard aspects from Saturn to the Sun often coincide with blows to our self-confidence and physical vitality. Realities that we have previously ignored rise up to block our progress. As a candidate Trump as able to blithely deny realities and move forward as if they didn’t exist. Now, as President, he is finding that this approach no longer applies.
In my last entry I wrote about how the discovery of Neptune coincided with a rise in alternate belief systems. This movement was part of a general return the emotional and non-rational that is labeled in visual art and literature as Romanticism. It is seen a reaction to the rationalism of the Enlightenment, which is associated by astrologers with the discovery of Uranus.
Like Neptune, Uranus seeks to transcend the ordinary, the parochial; only Uranus does this intellectually, using logic and science. I sometimes think it odd that astrologers associate themselves with Uranus, but at the time that the planet was discovered (1781) astrologers felt themselves more closely aligned with the rationalist and scientists than with dogma of conventional religion.
I associate the discovery of Neptune in 1846 with the rise of unorthodox belief systems like Theosophy and of occult and magical groups like The Order of the Golden Dawn that emerged in the last half of the 19th Century. Neptune represents spirituality that transcends tradition and dogma, and these systems and groups separated belief from the conventions of traditional religion and applied it ways that were often more inclusive and spiritual.
Of course, many of these systems of belief were also controversial. Neptune also rules deception and illusions, and many of the people associated with this new Neptunian kind of belief, such Helena Blavatsky and Aleister Crowley, have been labeled charlatans. This phenomenon has continued through the 20th Century and into the present day, with a long string of cults, gurus and spiritual advisors who have taken advantage of believers.
At the same time, Neptune’s influence has broadened our acceptance of different belief systems. It is now considered bad form, particularly in the West, to criticize another person’s religion or faith. We think of belief as a private matter, and reserve our criticism of systems different from our own to those that are obviously destructive or flagrantly illegal. And then there are other beliefs that we might not consider dangerous, but laugh off as silly and irrational.