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The Full Moon can be an emotionally intense time as existing issues reach a culmination point. The Moon’s bright light illuminates information that had not previously penetrated our consciousness. The Moon’s opposition to the Sun reflects the conflict between what we thought we knew vs. the information other people and events are making us aware of.
With the Moon in Sagittarius opposite the Sun in Gemini, there’s a need for greater knowledge and understanding about what’s happening in the world than simply being bombarded by the information overload coming from the Sun in Gemini that operates at a more superficial level.
If events seem to take on larger than life proportions now it is because Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, the planetary energy of abundance and exaggeration. This energy is enhanced as Thursdays* are ruled by Jupiter. The Full Moon’s restless tendencies are expanded by Sagittarius’ need for freedom to explore. Travel, foreign interests and trade, ethical and legal matters, education, publishing, and religious issues are Jupiter/Sagittarius themes that could be in the spotlight now.
Just as the Moon pulls the tides and our emotions, the Sun released a coronal mass ejection on May 24 that could bring geomagnetic storms that disrupt the Earth’s magnetic field May 27 and 28, potentially causing interference with satellites and communications devices. Heightened solar activity tends to correlate to increasing geopolitical tensions and market volatility.
Jupiter in Pisces since January 17 has expanded the ability of Pisces to dissolve boundaries through large scale examples to get us to wake up to the fact that everything in our world is interconnected. Jupiter rules what is foreign and distant. By dissolving boundaries and barriers, Pisces brings what appears to be separated by distance and differences together. Uranus in Pisces has broken down barriers of distance as technology has allowed people to expand their horizons by connecting over the internet.
Corporations and special interest groups have heavily lobbied to convince politicians and the public that any constraints on their interests would erode people’s “freedoms,” resulting in higher costs and economic contraction. Their enormous influence has blurred the boundaries separating members of Congress and government regulators to the extent that they are the ones dictating the rules and writing loophole-filled legislation. Thanks to the Supreme Court, they are free to spend unlimited amounts of money to influence political campaigns.
The sovereign debt crisis in Europe has contracted interbank lending, raising US$ Libor rates which has spooked U.S. markets, fearing it will raise interest rates on trillions of dollars of debt from credit cards to mortgages and corporate loans held by U.S. borrowers. As Jupiter and Saturn oppose each other, Jupiter magnifies Saturn’s fear that problems will spread beyond foreign (Jupiter) borders (Saturn).
As a Sagittarius/Jupiter-ruled nation, Jupiter in Pisces has prompted the U.S. to aggressively lobby Europe to flood the continent with liquidity to prevent the contagion from spreading to U.S. shores. Sagittarius/Jupiter can be hypocritical. Despite the fact that the financial crisis emanated from the US, Geithner and Bernanke are in Europe now preaching to the Eurozone nations how they should put their financial houses in order. The Full Moon conjoins Larry Summers’ Sagittarius Sun, who is calling for an additional $200 billion in government stimulus.
Pisces is ruled by Neptune, and they rule oil, gas and the sea. The massive oil spill caused by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig operated by a foreign company is another example of what happens when the boundaries between unlimited freedom to expand horizons (Jupiter) in deep water dissolve (Pisces) the boundaries of regulation and safety as taking too long (Saturn) and being too costly which lead to an explosion of unexpected and unintended results (Uranus) that have far reaching effects into the future beyond the shores of Louisiana and surrounding states.
At the Sagittarius Full Moon, the energies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune come together at the opposing end of the spectrum of beginnings and endings.
Since the indices reached their 2010 highs the day Saturn opposed Uranus April 26, volatility has risen and then accelerated since the May 6 “flash crash.” The back to back influences of the oppositions of Saturn and Uranus and Jupiter and Saturn have resulted in the market seesawing back and forth from bearish to bullish and then back again with the moves becoming larger and wilder the closer that Jupiter got to opposing Saturn May 23 and its approaching conjunction to Uranus on June 8.
Saturn’s influence on Jupiter and Uranus has injected fear into the market, pushing down stocks and Treasury yields as investors “de risk.” Saturn’s energy is pronounced now as it appears stationary in the sky through June 2 as it turns direct May 30 after being retrograde since January 13. Saturn’s energy will be particularly strong Saturday afternoon through Memorial Day weekend as the Moon will be in Saturn-ruled Capricorn then. This can create obstacles and delays in travel and communications, so allow extra time to reach your destination and for accomplishing important tasks.
Adding to the influence of Jupiter and the Full Moon is that Neptune’s energy is more pronounced from May 24 to June 7 as it turns retrograde May 31 until November 7. Where Saturn needs defined and concrete structures and facts and figures, Neptune is elusive.
When everything seems very confusing and foggy,* Neptune’s energy is usually active. Fantasy can be presented as fact; euphoria results from rumor or half-truths. Neptune rules bubbles. Saturn’s oppositions to Neptune between August 2006 and June 2007 is when reality began to set in that the era of E-Z credit was contracting. In contrast, Jupiter conjoining Neptune during most of 2009 brought euphoria that has spawned asset price inflation from excess government stimulus and rock bottom interest rates.
As the final sign of the zodiac, Pisces marks the end of a cycle. Tonight Uranus will leave Pisces and enter Aries for the first time in 84 years, followed by Jupiter entering Aries on June 6 after 12 years.*** The Sagittarius Full Moon reflects these new energies as Jupiter and Uranus conjoin in Aries on June 8.
The focus on global affairs during the Sagittarius Full Moon cycle corresponds with Uranus entering the “world point”**** of the zodiac, indicating fast moving developments that have far reaching global effects.
On its own, Jupiter/Sagittarius energy is optimistic and bullish as it is part of the enthusiastic and impulsive fire element. Fire is the symbol of creation, and as the first sign of the zodiac and the first fire element, Aries represents a new beginning. Aries is ruled by Mars, the planetary energy of action. Mars is in Leo the sign of the Sun (life force), so all three signs of the fire element are represented now.
Uranus is the awakener, and in Aries you better not blink or you might miss the action! If you’ve enjoyed the increased volatility and wild intraday moves of the last few weeks, you will absolutely adore the extreme volatility of Jupiter conjoining Uranus in Aries as Jupiter expands Aries desire for risk taking. Rebellious Uranus represents sharp and sudden price spikes that break through support and resistance levels to generate shock value, regardless of what circuit breakers and rules are implemented by the SEC.
Aries wants to be the first to dive in head first. Anything new and untried is viewed as an adventure. But when other planets form challenging alignments between each other or to Jupiter and Uranus, look out below! If U.S. leaders were disturbed by the May 6 Last Quarter Moon plunge and the Dow dipping below 10,000, they are likely to be totally beside themselves by the time we get to late July when Jupiter and Uranus are opposed by Mars and Saturn in Libra and Pluto in Capricorn, all in the early degrees of cardinal signs.
Since Mars rules the military, the combination of Jupiter and Uranus in Aries means that investors might want to follow the military’s lead and research companies contracting with the government on new devices and technologies in the experimental stage that could become the next cutting edge medical treatments, engineering and technological developments. It is also important to follow the Pentagon’s views on issues that affect civilian legislation.
Tensions between the US and North Korea as well as the situation at BP’s Deepwater Horizon are likely to reach a boiling point by the time Mars in Leo opposes Neptune in Aquarius at the Last Quarter Moon in Pisces on June 4. It is likely that BP will be taking orders from the military that will rollout something new and untried to fully plug the well. Clean up efforts should accelerate while Mars is in Virgo June 7 to July 29. Mars in Virgo also represents an increased push for tighter regulatory reforms and more stringent accounting standards.
Besides Mars opposite Neptune bringing action related to oil/gas, chemicals and drugs/pharmaceuticals/biotech, the SEC and/or the Justice Department could be taking action against more cases of insider trading, market manipulation, and securities fraud.
Some of the areas of the world that could be more prominent in the news over the next two weeks due to severe weather conditions, increased geophysical and geopolitical activity are:
USA: Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia; East Coast, particularly the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida. (Weather conditions could bring severe thunderstorms with flash flooding.)
South America: Nicaragua, Costa Rica. Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, BRAZIL (severe storms; earthquake potential).
Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece.
RUSSIA, Chechnya, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania.
Middle East: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Kuwait, Yemen.
Africa: Libya, Niger, Nigeria (Mars/Neptune raises potential for pipeline attack), east coast nations (Ethiopia through Mozambique).
Asia: Burma, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, central China, Koreas, Indonesia, Australia.
*Each day of the week is ruled by a different planetary energy: Sunday (Sun), Monday (Moon), Tuesday (Mars), Wednesday (Mercury), Friday (Venus), Saturday (Saturn). Jupiter ruled Thursdays favor personal and professional growth.
**Neptune rules fog and damp and humid weather conditions.
***Uranus will be in Aries until August 13. Jupiter will be in Aries until September 9. Both will re-enter Aries during the first quarter of 2011. Jupiter and Uranus will conjoin in Pisces on September 18 and January 4, 2011. More about Jupiter and Uranus in Aries in upcoming posts.
****The world point or “Aries point” is when planets enter the cardinal (initiating) signs Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.
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