The word month is derived from the Moon. The new month actually begins when the Sun and Moon conjoin at the New Moon, a time of new beginnings. This post examines the major planetary influences from a general, economic, and geopolitical perspective unfolding during the next lunar month. Heightened military alert, together with lack of progress in sovereign debt could potentially lead to increased market turbulence during this cycle.
This month’s New Moon occurs on December 5 at 12:35 PM EST in Sagittarius, a sign ruled by Jupiter. Sagittarius and Jupiter help us to expand our horizons to discover more about ourselves, the world, and the universe. “The truth is out there”(1) and the eternal quest of Sagittarius is to help each person discover their own truth that can be found beneath the hypocrisy and dogma this sign is also known for. Traveling, learning, and exploring the perennial philosophy (the ageless wisdom that transcends all religions), are ways that help to broaden our perspective. Sagittarius the archer aims high and Jupiter’s optimistic outlook and sense of humor(2) can make it easier to cope with life’s most challenging situations.
Foreign relations and trade, publishing, universities, the Courts, ethics, politics and religion are all part of Sagittarius and Jupiter’s domain. Sagittarius and Jupiter tend to be a bullish influence in the markets as they represent growth and expansion. But since their expansion extends to everything their energy comes into contact with, this can be exaggerated and overdone to the point of excess which can result in large rallies as well as large declines.
This year’s Sagittarius New Moon cycle is particularly potent as Jupiter is in Pisces, the other sign that Jupiter traditionally rules,(3) increasing Jupiter’s strength to boost global markets. Sharply increasing the large market moves has been the close alignment of Jupiter and Uranus in Pisces since September that will culminate at the Capricorn Solar Eclipse on January 4, 2011.(4) The combination of these two planetary energies in Pisces the sign of bubbles, inflates asset prices to levels well beyond fundamentals as rebellious Uranus likes to surprise by breaking through resistance levels. Jupiter/Uranus will quickly react to any disappointment by breaking through support levels before sharply reversing again until the next panic. Since Jupiter represents things on a global scale, optimism or panic quickly reverberates throughout the world.
Uranus rules technology, bringing revolution and innovation to what it connects with. The internet was born in 1969 when Jupiter conjoined Uranus in Libra.(5) Now Jupiter conjoining Uranus in Pisces is revolutionizing the publishing industry as e-readers and multiple publishing platforms are blossoming. Pisces shows how everyone and everything is interconnected, and the best example of the transit of Uranus in Pisces (2003-2011) is the explosion of the internet to do almost everything and the gadgets that enable us to have the internet with us at all times.
Pisces rules what is going on behind the scenes, as well as films. People use the internet and don’t really give much thought to the huge amount of bandwidth being used and the backbone (that would be Saturn) required to accommodate people downloading full length high definition movies. Netflix (NFLX) believes its future lies in streaming movies over the internet, but has left undetermined who would be responsible for paying for the infrastructure (Saturn) required to make it a reality for large groups of people. The government and the Courts will have to sort out the conflicting interests of consumers, internet providers, and internet companies over the issue of net neutrality. The cost of internet speed is going to become a major issue when Jupiter (January 22) followed by Uranus (March 11) enter Aries.
The energies of Uranus in Pisces are particularly potent now as Uranus turns direct a few hours after the New Moon from being retrograde since July 5. Expect the unexpected! This also occurred at the November 27, 2008 New Moon.(6) The combination of Sagittarius and Jupiter conjoining Uranus at the New Moon is a time to be bold and innovative rather than follow the crowd! Uranus turning direct the day of the Jupiter-ruled New Moon serves to intensify the energies of the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in Pisces. Sagittarius/Jupiter and Uranus are independent and freedom loving energies as exploration leads to new discoveries. Strong Uranus energies December 3-8 can bring greater potential for explosions and explosive situations, power outages, and “freaky” conditions; earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, high winds, tornadoes, severe thunderstorms, and flash floods.
With all the planets in direct motion until December 10, there’s not a lot of time with this New Moon cycle to start something new. The Sagittarius New Moon helps to get you enthused and revved up to accomplish what you must get done by year end, saving the rest until the Capricorn New Moon cycle beginning January 4.
I mentioned that Saturn is the backbone, providing the structure and discipline required for sustainability if Sagittarius and Jupiter’s lofty plans are to ultimately succeed. The New Moon favorably aspecting Saturn in Libra (exact December 7) offers an opportunity to develop new business and enhance you and your company’s reputation as a leader in your field. Benefits can come through alliances and partnerships with others, particularly with people and companies dealt with in the past.
We’ve already experienced a good deal of Sagittarius energy with assertive Mars in Sagittarius since October 28, together with Mercury the planetary energy of communication and movement in Sagittarius November 8-30. Events have heated up on the global stage since Mercury and Mars conjoined November 20 as first Mercury squared Jupiter (November 25) and then Uranus (November 27), followed by Mars squaring Jupiter (November 29) and Uranus (December 3).
The planetary influences at the time of the New Moon influence the entire lunar cycle. With five planets in mutable signs, (7) the shocking and unexpected energies of Uranus shifting direction, and Mercury at a virtual standstill as it prepares to turn retrograde December 10, it is crucial to maintain a flexible attitude and a flexible schedule as conditions are rapidly changing. Mars, Jupiter, Uranus and the December 21 Lunar Eclipse at the end of mutable signs indicates one cycle is ending and another about to begin.
The New Moon occurs as Saturn returns to its natal position in the USA chart for the first time since October 1981, an influence between now through September 2011. A Saturn return occurs about every 29.5 years. The Saturn return can be a time to reap rewards if lessons from past mistakes were learned and difficult choices made to build a solid foundation that is sustainable to last the test of time.
Unfortunately the USA has once again chosen to sacrifice long term gain for short term solutions. The first pass of the USA’s Saturn return occurred on December 3 – the day that the bipartisan National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform (how Saturn is that!) voted 11-7 in favor of the recommendations but the Commission needed to get 14 votes to be taken up by the next Congress. The Commission’s recommendations were a good start to the work that needs to be done, and the fact that the nation is not willing to make these choices means things are not going to get easier going forward.
Saturn in Libra is in the sector of the USA chart representing the nation’s reputation and squares the USA Sun (the nation’s identity) in Cancer in the sector of allies and open enemies, reflecting America’s reputation as the world’s policeman. If we’d learned the lessons of Vietnam, we wouldn’t still be in Afghanistan and Iraq where we’ve spent far more than all the bailouts and stimulus combined! And there’s never any money to revamp our nation’s decaying and outdated infrastructure because the excuse is it would take too much time (Saturn). Good times, bad times, it never seems to be the right time to tackle any of the big structural issues our society faces.
The Federal Reserve is also affected by the New Moon which opposes the Fed’s natal Saturn in Gemini, showing that the central bank did not learn from its mistakes whose origins emanate from former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan. Fed Chairman Bernanke has expanded Greenspan’s bubble now, clean up later philosophy when the Fed came to the rescue and mopped up after the housing bubble burst that they helped create after the fall of the dot.com bubble. Now monetary policy has inflated global asset prices which will once again end badly.
The USA is a Jupiter-ruled nation as Sagittarius was the sign rising on the eastern horizon (Ascendant) when the nation was born. The USA’s Saturn return together with the New Moon conjoining the USA Ascendant indicates this New Moon cycle is an important one, particularly in terms of the nation’s long term goals and objectives and America’s place on the global stage. These transits indicate that the government and the nation face this together as a partnership with everyone needing to do their part by making some kind of sacrifice. With Saturn, less is more. Jupiter is excess. With Sagittarius rising, the nation is oversized and must slim down in all areas for the nation’s long term fiscal and physical health.
In the chart for the New Moon set for Washington DC, the Sun and Moon are conjoined in the sector of the chart naturally ruled by Sagittarius, reinforcing that foreign relations and trade are likely to be in the forefront during the next month. Active duty troops could be moving from their current locations to new global hot spots.
The Moon ruling the sector representing the stock market indicates wildly fluctuating conditions with sentiment especially influenced by events occurring abroad along with legal rulings. The New Moon squares China’s natal Saturn in Virgo which will bring price controls to rein in high inflation and is likely to bring more tightening by the regulators as the month progresses.
The Sun ruling the sector representing employment and manufacturing indicate that conditions are slowly improving. Government spending is on the rise; aspects between Mercury, Venus (money; banks) and Pluto (debt; taxes) make it likely that Congress and the Administration will reach agreement on extending the Bush tax cuts.
With Pisces on the Ascendant and its ruler Neptune in the sector of covert and behind the scenes activities, the nation is going to wake up to a lot more “leaks.” Jupiter conjoining Uranus indicates that although the nation’s outlook is hopeful, there could be anger over more resources being spent abroad as well as Washington’s legislative priorities.
I have explained the implications of the USA’s Saturn return. If Saturn’s lessons are tough, the goal of Pluto in Saturn-ruled Capricorn (2008-2024) is to destroy what is corrupt and no longer working efficiently so economic and societal structures (Capricorn/Saturn) can be transformed.
Mercury conjoins Pluto in Capricorn at the New Moon (and again December 13 and January 18), bringing more news of government and corporate corruption, as well as talk of sovereign debt. Mars enters ambitious Capricorn December 7 until January 15, adding urgency to act without delay. Favorable aspects between Venus in Pluto-ruled Scorpio to Pluto (December 8) and Mercury and Venus (December 10) could bring announcements of government regulators reaching agreement over implementing on currency derivative regulation.
Mercury is retrograde December 10-30, increasing the potential for communication snafus and travel delays and disruptions. The most important things to keep in mind are:
- Maintain a flexible schedule and a flexible outlook! Confirm all appointments and reservations.
- Put the re prefix in front of everything you do: review, repair, restore, reconnect, etc.
- Frequently backup data and charge devices. Be prepared for power outages.
- Postpone major purchases including electronic devices if possible until January. Keep receipts and original packing for all purchases in case it must be returned. (Verify the store’s return policy before making a purchase.)
- Financial markets could reverse their current trend around this time or when the Sun conjoins Mercury December 19, and again after Mercury turns direct. It can be hard to get a clear sense of where the market is headed during the time Mercury is retrograde.
Mercury turning retrograde exactly opposite the USA natal Jupiter in Cancer at the same time Pluto is about to oppose it for the first time in the nation’s history conveys an urgent message that the nation must reverse course by getting a grip on excess spending now rather than continuing to push the tough decisions into a “future” that never arrives. Neither party is showing they have any backbone (Saturn) to carry out what they profess. Events could occur that further showcase the USA’s hypocrisy on multiple fronts. These transits reflect how overcommitted the USA is on too many fronts overseas that it can no longer afford.
What happens now will accelerate around January 17 when Mercury and Pluto will exactly oppose the USA Jupiter as Mercury conjoins Pluto for the third and final time in its current cycle.
The December 13 First Quarter Moon occurs at 8:59 AM EST. The midpoint between the New and Full Moon is known as the “crisis in action”(8) phase of the cycle as there’s an sense of urgency to act before events culminate at the Full Moon.
The Sun in Sagittarius squaring the Moon in Pisces as both aspect Jupiter (December 16) and Uranus (December 18) can describe leaders and rebels engaging in covert activities, antsy to assert their dogma on the global stage. Things could really heat up geopolitically as Mercury conjoins Mars and both planets conjoin Pluto. A show of military force to assert control over another territory could result in retaliation. Nuclear capabilities/weapons and threats from Iran and North Korea are at issue with Pluto strongly aspected. Alternatively, these energies could indicate the Senate ratifying the START treaty. Contagion fears over sovereign debt are likely to resurface with these energies which are reinforced as Mars conjoins the June 26 Lunar Eclipse followed by Pluto on December 16.
This is likely to be a turbulent time in financial markets despite all the efforts by Wall Street’s patron saint Ben Bernanke as he celebrates his 57th birthday today on the day before the FOMC meeting. The Moon in Pisces squares the USA Mars and Neptune, increasing the potential for heightened military action. The Pisces Moon impacting the USA Mars/Neptune has also been associated with instigating financial panics in the past such as when Lehman Brothers collapsed.
Besides the changeable nature of Mercury retrograde which shifts back into Sagittarius December 18 (until January 13), the week leading up to an eclipse is not a favorable time to make important decisions as the light being blocked symbolically represents that we do not have all the information we need to make a sound decision. Eclipses are harbingers of change, and things tend to be seen in a whole new light beginning a week after the eclipses have passed (mid January).
Mercury rules the Gemini Total Lunar Eclipse that occurs on December 21 at 3:13 AM EST, the same day as the Winter Solstice (which I will cover in a separate post). A Lunar Eclipse is a supercharged Full Moon and this one is jam-packed as the eclipse opposes Mercury and Pluto and squares the Jupiter/Uranus conjunction. This is a time of endings and to revisit people, places, and issues from the past in order to resolve them and be ready to move forward with new plans after the January 4 Solar Eclipse which we get a preview of when Mars conjoins the eclipse degree on December 25.
Any geopolitical turmoil that erupted at the First Quarter Moon could reach a crisis point now. The ancients believed that areas in the path of the eclipse would face challenging circumstances over the next six months. The eclipse will be visible in North and South America, northern Europe, and conclude at sunset in northeastern Asia and Japan.
The Lunar Eclipse and the Winter Solstice conjoins the NYSE’s progressed Sun in Capricorn, squares the Nasdaq’s natal Pluto and squares the USA’s progressed (9) Moon in Mercury-ruled Virgo (employment; armed forces; healthcare).
Venus in Pluto-ruled Scorpio returns to the degree it turned retrograde on October 8 which could refocus on issues prevalent then such as the problems with foreclosure documentation. With the 2001 Bush tax cut Mercury retrograde in Gemini and the 2003 tax cut Saturn in Gemini conjoining the eclipse which occurs in the sector representing taxes in the chart for the eclipse set for Washington DC, it is likely that the Bush tax cuts will be renewed before year end.
North and South Korea are in the spotlight as the eclipse opposes North Korea’s progressed Jupiter and Kim Jong-il’s natal Mars/Neptune square (enemies attract enemies with similar planetary patterns), Kim Jong-un’s natal Neptune in Sagittarius, and conjoins South Korea’s natal Uranus, and squares the Armistice Agreement’s progressed Sun in Virgo, along with progressed Mercury when the Korean War began. The eclipse opposes China’s natal Uranus in Cancer the same day Pluto opposes it which could bring social unrest.
The Last Quarter Moon in Libra December 27 at 11:18 PM occurs as the Moon squares Mars and conjoins Saturn, followed by Mars squaring Saturn December 29. Together with Mercury retrograde, these energies can bring delays, frustrations and roadblocks. Harsh weather conditions could cause accidents and the potential for a bridge to collapse. Tense conditions start to ease a bit as Mercury turns direct the following day.
The Moon enters Sagittarius at 8:21 PM EST on New Year’s Eve. With the Moon in this optimistic and enthusiastic sign making no major aspects to the other planets on New Year’s Day, 2011 is what you choose to make it.
(1) This was the motto of the TV series “The X-Files.”
(2) The word jovial emanates from Jupiter.
(3) Neptune became the modern ruler of Pisces after its discovery in 1846.
(4) Jupiter and Uranus conjoin about every 14 years. They first conjoined on June 8 at the beginning of Aries and on September 18 in Pisces.
(5) Jupiter was exactly conjoining Uranus when Apollo 11 landed on the Moon, the ultimate expression of using technology (Uranus) to travel to places at a distance (Jupiter) to expand our horizons. Rather than exceeding this tremendous achievement that united the nation and the world, three Jupiter/Uranus cycles later NASA touts microbes living on arsenic in Mono Lake California.
(6) Planets do not really move backwards in the sky, but appear to from Earth’s vantage point.
(7) The Sun and Moon are luminaries but are delineated as “planets.” The mutable signs are Gemini, Sagittarius, and Pisces.
(8) As described by Dane Rudhyar in “The Lunation Cycle.”
(9) A mathematical calculation that moves the planets forward in time as a method of prediction.
USA: July 4, 1776 5:10 PM Philadelphia, PA
Bush Tax Cut #1: June 7, 2001
Bush Tax Cut #2: May 28, 2003