Hello, and welcome. This is Captain Aquarius, welcoming you to flight 521, and alerting you to keep your seatbelt fastened as we navigate some turbulent planets. Please don’t walk about in the aisle unless you’re acting in service, or joining other passengers in singing to the Moon, or looking for champagne.
My apologies. The Universal Festival Calendar has never been this late, ever since Dan Furst started writing it in July, 1998. More below about the conditions that have brought this exasperating outcome and others, as we look at how the dominant planet alignment of Spring 2016 has powerfully affected me, and may affect you too in similar ways. Briefly: my Macbook Pro suffered a hard drive crash and rebuild on April 29, smack at the beginning of Mercury retrograde (April 28 – May 22). The least welcome result was that many of my applications were now obsolete and have had to be updated and otherwise unblocked. The ones that especially affect astrology communications were iMovie, which I was using to make videos for the Black and Full Moons; and Adobe Muse, which I use to create and publish new web pages. Speaking of which —
HELP! I need to find one person who likes to save the UFC for reference each month. I’ve lost the UFC for February, March and April, and am reconstructing May now. So if you or someone you know can send me some of these pages, this would save me from having to rewrite them all, at a time when none of us has time to address anything except what is right here and now.
We’re going to look at a chart for the Full Moon of May 21 – 22, then track the ways the main planet cross of this month and next may affect you. The chart is cast for Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, because one hidden seismic stress of the time is the coming end of the petrodollar, with consequences that will be terrific (literally so, fear-inducing) on the world economy.
Full Moon: May 22, 2016, 12:15 am BGT in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Our approach here will be practical and personal. There will be another time and medium to explore the more esoteric celestial dynamics and historic rhythms. For now, only one question applies: How does the T-Cross of May, 2016 affect you? If astrology is already a second language for you, then you already know this, or are about to ask some guidance about why it is all so terribly tough right now. Even if the lore of the stars and planets holds little interest for you, I’d still suggest, with the mellowest of urgency, that you check to see if you have planets in, or affected by, the T-Cross. Where is it?
Look to the right of the chart, and you see the planet Jupiter, looking like the number 4, in the 7th house at 13° Virgo 29. Roughly opposite to his position is Neptune, in the 1st house at 11° Pisces 54. Between them, and at a 90° “square” to both, is Saturn, in the 10th house at 14° Sagittarius 01. They are related at the 180° and 90° angles that are traditionally considered “stressful” or “difficult,” but are really angles of leverage, that offer us the means to move a heavy weight of habit or belief, in the same way a lever helps us budge a boulder or a stump — provided, that is, that the willingness to change is there. The more we accept the need to change, the easier this condition is. The more we fight change, the harder it can get. The main point here is that three powerful planets are arranged against each other, in postures of contentiousness and stuckness that help them believe that there is something to be gained from fighting, faking and resisting, instead of pulling with one another to help create a more harmonious outcome.
What do these planets mean? Jupiter is the king, the money and the power, the established order of the government, the bank and the church, and the “higher communications” of religion, philosophy and law. Neptune is spirituality, mystical consciousness, empathy, compassion and fantasy-driven arts (dance, music and theatre). But when afflicted, as he is now, Neptune can turn to fraud, self-deception and deception by others, victimhood, emotional vampirism and all addictions, to beliefs and illusions as well as to substances.
Saturn is the severe spiritual teacher and taskmaster who limits our dreams and expansions by bringing us back, again and again, to the solid weight of practical “reality,” whatever that means now, on the Earth plane. He is also the enforcer of the non-performance clause in our sacred contracts. He creates pressure and tightens the screws when we are not doing what we agreed to be doing before we got here. It can get so tense that even veteran astrologers may say, “Saturn is kicking my ass,” when of course he does no such thing. Kicking us would be beneath the dignity of any planet but Mars. What Saturn does do is pull our leg backward with enough force that when he releases it, we kick ourselves in ways that can be impactful and instructive.
So how does this affect you? Look at your chart, and see if you have planets in the band of 9° to 15° of the mutable signs of Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces. If you have one or more planets or major chart points in these zones, then this month’s T-Cross is sure to affect you. How? I sure know. I’ve got 3 planets and 3 chart angles on the T-Cross, so last month and this one have been among the toughest times in my life of nearly 72 years. How so?
The Avianca Angle
I’m still working to recover the suitcase that Avianca, Colombia’s national airline, lost in Miami instead of transferring it to my flight to Suriname. There is no useful information or help, and no one willing to handle the question of compensating me for the loss of my property through the airline’s negligence. Thus things that are old and have value (Saturn) have gone astray during travel (Jupiter), and now the airline has spent four weeks ducking and submerging (Neptune).
The bridgework that was installed by my brilliant dentist in Pisac, to help hold a loose lower front tooth in place, has come loose and will need to be re-cemented — naturally, as Saturn rules the bones and teeth, so we may also experience, as I have, joint pain and stiffness.
I’m still working my way through last month’s computer problem with the help of an Apple Store Genius who really knows his stuff (Saturn) and empathizes with the customer’s trouble (Neptune), but travels to other cities (Jupiter) and can be hard to book for an appointment.
I’m dealing with a nasty dermal infection that causes the affected areas to swell, and exude a yellow fluid that even Dostoyevsky would hesitate to describe. So far natural remedies and diet adjustments are having no effect, so I treat it topically with soap and water, propolis and sangre de grado, until I head to Santa Marta’s best herbal medicine store as soon as I send this post. What part of my body is the problem in? Neptune rules the feet, and the problem hangs on and on because Saturn and Neptune are not getting along at this time.
Neptune also rules sleep and dreams, and is connected too with deep, ancient cellular memories. So if you’ve been having unusual difficulty sleeping, or vivid, unusual dreams, including archetypal dream scenarios you may not have traveled for a while, and you’re meeting your shadow (Saturn) in some profound and not very easy ways, you can expect this to continue.
And to intensify, for all the events and effects I’ve described here, because Saturn is slowly moving retrograde, and so coming into tighter and harder angles to both Jupiter and Neptune. We can expect these conditions to persist until the Full Moon of June 20, then to fade as Jupiter moves ahead and the T-Cross dissolves.
How to play it? You already know. We remember, no matter how hard it is to see how we intended all of this, that we wrote the script before we got here. We remember that when anyone asks, “When is it going to get better?” — the answer is: It gets better when you make it so.
All the best for now with these bumpy conditions. Keep Holding That Frequency. And thanks again for flying Aquarian Airlines.