The Emerald Hummingbird: On Taurus

Greetings, and welcome back to Journeys! This month we return to examining the signs of the zodiac with a look at Taurus. Before we get started, you may want to know that as of the time of writing I have a post on Chiron in Taurus and one on Uranus in Taurus to study alongside this one. 

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For Mum

The signs of the zodiac are tricky things to describe because they are archetypal processes and archetypes defy easy description. Archetypes are notions that are broad enough to be typical and essential but so over-arching that they can only be easily communicated in words by issuing a string of analogies that they incorporate. Astrology is a language of archetypes – planetary, zodiacal, etc, – and this is why the discussions of astrology involve long lists of analogies that point to the thing they represent without being able to completely define it. Below I have given you some examples to help initiate this process regarding Taurus. Taurus is therefore patient, calm, materialistic, plodding, jealous, etc. – individual notions that do not define Taurus, but taken together point to its essential meaning, an essential meaning that can be universally comprehended. This may seem like a very abstract and complicated beginning to an article about one of the simplest and uncomplicated of the zodiac signs, but as we dig deep into the archetype of Taurus we will come to see that its mysteries and its magic are very much concerned with understanding there is a fundamental and natural Form within things which perpetually in-forms its manifestation in the physical world, just as there is a basic spirit or essential meaning, a living thing, within each of the signs of the zodiac which in-forms its manifestations.

On the ground, though, Taurus is far less esoteric. In fact we might say that of all the zodiac signs Taurus is the most grounded of all, and in many ways also the most passive (Pisces is overall much more passive, but far less grounded with it). Think not of the raging bull charging at you, for while this is an appropriate analogy it is not a normal state of affairs for Taurus, being a reaction to an extreme situation involving threat and intrusion, but instead dwell upon the placid calf chewing the cud while it looks at you with kind eyes framed by curling eyelashes. Harmless, gentle, docile, calm. This is the Taurean factory setting. Life is not complicated – that is its response to polarisation with Scorpio, which sees deeper complications to everything. Nor is life worth getting all worked up over – that is its response to the extremes of its predecessor, Aries. Life is best lived in a simple and calm way, focusing on the here and now and getting down to the business of doing what needs to be done without complaint. It has to be slowly and carefully predigested – chewed over – before coming to any rash actions or conclusions about what it means. It’s natural bounties should be savored and cherished, from fine wines and sex to all the green things, because to Taurus these things make life a pleasure. Taurus listens not to the drum of Mars but to the soft melody of Venus, yet it is not an ethereal creature of harmony and love but one which knows how to walk and work with the physical mud, sweat and juice of the land and the material world. And as the saying goes, it is strong as an ox, containing within it the greatest potential physical power of all the signs.

WHITE MIRROR

Patient
Natural
Uncomplicated
Practical
Reliable
Steady
Firm
Toughened
Sensual
Well-grounded
Cherishing
Hardworking
Persevering
Kindhearted
Epicurean
Comfortable
Contented
Unruffled
Powerful
Gentle giant
Resourceful
Loyal

BLACK MIRROR

Inert
Unrefined
Simplistic
Unimaginative
Predictable
Slow
Obstinate
Calloused
Hedonistic
Unvarying
Covetous
Overburdened
Bone-weary
Exploited
Gluttonous
Envious
Stuck
Unresponsive
Overbearing
Lummox, clod
Hoarder
Possessive

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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LORE

The stars that lend their history to the zodiac sign of Taurus are among the most ancient and massive of constellations. They contain some of the most fabled and beautiful stars in the sky, the Pleiades, and stretch an enormous distance across the firmament, charging with lowered horns at Orion. These features make its stars easy to spot in a clear night sky because if you can identify the stars of Orion’s belt you can look for a nearby reddish-orange star (Aldebaran, the eye of the Bull, the ‘Watcher of the East’ in Persian sky lore) and the further away and brighter by far cluster of the Pleiades, which are visually stunning. The Celestial Bull (to distinguish it from the zodiacal sign Taurus)  is a huge creature that you have to swivel your head to scan the body of, even though it lacks any hind quarters. Its red eye called Aldebaran translates in Arabic (and also other languages) as ‘the Follower’, presumably because in the sky it follows (rises after) the jewels of the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters that lie in the heart of the Bull and which draw the eye like a nest of celestial diamonds.

Perhaps the most critical time in the human relationship with these stars took place about 4,000 to 6,000 years ago. For obvious reasons we do not have any deep records of this period with which to draw firm conclusions but we do have a vast body of circumstantial evidence that points to the stars becoming extremely important in human culture around this time. One thing which we can rely upon as factual is that beginning about 6,000 years ago these stars began to inhabit the sky at dawn just before the spring equinox, so that on this very important ritual day, just before the Sun rose, the giant form of the Celestial Bull was hovering over the eastern horizon. For about 2,000 years prior to this point, the same time and space had been occupied by the stars of Orion and Gemini (perhaps inspiring the proto-seeds of many myths connected with twins such as Isis and Osiris, Set and Osiris, Castor and Pollux, Ashwini Kumaras and others, as well as other myths connected with Scorpio), but it now began to be clear to observers all over the world that this was changing. At some stage it must have literally dawned on every ritual culture that habitually observed the equinoxes that the picture in the heavens was undergoing a dramatic change. Orion seemed to be falling over and the stars of Taurus were rising up over him. It is possible that at this time stories were created to explain this shift and this may have been when the mythology connected to Taurus and to bulls in general which we have handed down to us today was in its genesis. Given that this was also a very critical and important time in the development of our understanding of the patterns and movements of objects in the sky, the period from around 4,000 to 1,700 BC being considered one of the golden ages of ancient astronomy, it may be that this observation was one of or even possibly the most important catalyst in this golden age. Some authors writing in the much later Hellenistic period claim that astrology itself is invented by Hermes in this period, but as far as I am aware only vague references to time spans are given, and there are alternative reports on how astrology came about in other texts from the same era.

Regardless of whether or not astrology came into existence during this period, it was still an extremely important one for for the later zodiac sign of Taurus because it was during this period that many of the mythologies and magical practices connected to bulls attained a greater cultural significance across the world. The clear indication, of course, is that this was due to the sight seen at the spring equinox. Legends and magical practices connected with these stars surely existed before these times, but it seems clear that during this period ritual and magical practice across the world focused upon the symbolism and power of the Bull.

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In Egypt, worship of an Apis – a sacred bull – began in earnest during the First Dynasty (in a 2013 study based on radiocarbon dates, the beginning of the First Dynasty—the accession of Hor-Aha—was placed at 3,100 BC give or take a century, placing it in the Precessional Age of Taurus). Devotion to this being was centred at Memphis until the Hellenistic period began when it was moved to Alexandria by Ptolemy I. It became a prominent cultural phenomena during the Second Dynasty (from around 2,890 – 2,686 BC), which is one of the most obscure periods in ancient Egyptian history. Worship was possibly started by Nebra (under whom the first depiction of the cat goddess Bastet also appears) and was very probably connected to Hathor – Apis may have represented Hathor’s offspring. In any case Apis was a physical creature as well as a Divine one and several ceremonial burials of bulls indicate that there was a ritual sacrifice. The bulls, which were kept at the Hathor temples for the duration of life, were eventually embalmed and encased in giant ritual sarcophagi which were lavishly adorned inside and out with powerful spells. Details of the mummification process can be seen on the Apis Papyrus. This creature, indicating again a connection to the spring equinox, was termed “the renewal of life” of Ptah (who conceived the world by thinking it into existence and then uttered it into being with the magic of his Word), and was transfigured after death by the magical ceremonies and the sarcophagi into Osorapis, i.e. the eternal Apis, the Osiris-Apis. Different forms of worship of Apis continued for many thousands of years until about 400 CE, being continued by the Greeks and later the Romans. Their reinterpretation of these earlier traditions and ideas gave rise to or informed the cults of the deity called Serapis, a god of abundance and resurrection designed to unify the Greeks and Egyptians, whose most important temple was also at Alexandria. The Taurus cults were widespread but also very tenacious and had to be aggressively subdued by later practices that wished to replace them, as I shall explain shortly.

Bulls were a central theme in the Minoan civilization, with bull heads and bull horns used as symbols in the Knossos palace, which legend has as the birth place, labyrinthine dwelling and death site of the Minotaur (again, more on this shortly). I visited the ruins of this palace when I was a child and can still recall the way it placed a silence upon my soul. The magical spirit of the place was still lurking there in the late 1970s. In the Indus Valley the sacred bull is called Nandi and was connected with worship of Shiva, from whom he received the knowledge of Agamic and Tantric magic and wisdom. In Norse lands we have tales from Snorri Sturluson’s Prose Edda about Auðumbla:

Then said Gangleri: “Where dwelt Ymir, or wherein did he find sustenance?”
Hárr answered: “Straightway after the rime dripped, there sprang from it the cow called Auðumla; four streams of milk ran from her udders, and she nourished Ymir.”
Then asked Gangleri: “Wherewithal was the cow nourished?”
And Hárr made answer: “She licked the ice-blocks, which were salty; and the first day that she licked the blocks, there came forth from the blocks in the evening a man’s hair; the second day, a man’s head; the third day the whole man was there. He is named Búri.

(Brodeur’s translation)

This idea resonates strongly with the function of the Egyptian Apis and other deities with a bovine form as being connected with the creation of humanity, form and life itself. Four streams of sacred milk also resonate with hermetic ideas about the four pristine Elements. We see the same notion of life genesis in ancient Phoenicia (Lebanon, Israel and southern Syria today) where the bull-god, “Father of Men”, is called El (which means ‘bull’), and in Zoroastrianism (an Iranian religion which spread throughout the Middle East) there are tales of a heroic figure called Ahura Mazda, the Bull-Slayer, who slays a great bull after riding it to exhaustion and then stands witness as its blood falls in rivers to produce life on Earth. There is deeply primal and occulted stuff here. To the Sumerian people (modern day Iraq) these stars were similarly representative of a Heavenly Bull, Gugalanna, sent to trample and punish Gilgamesh, an epic king who is the subject of what is considered the first great work of literature (note here the rulership of zodiacal Taurus by Venus). Gilgamesh is the Babylonian Orion, the warrior set against the charge of the Bull. The Bull is sent by the goddess Ishtar after Gilgamesh spurns her advances – an arrogant and potentially dangerous thing to do to the goddess of love, sex, war and the magic of fertility, although Gilgamesh did so because of her treatment of her former lovers. Gugalanna, whose feet made the Earth shake, was slain and dismembered by Gilgamesh and his companion Enkidu, but then becomes the first husband of Ereshkigal, ruler of the Underworld. In this he is a proto-Persephone, the Greek goddess of spring and vegetation who is wed to Hades and can only visit us seasonally to return life to the natural world.

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Shades of the theme of the mythic and magical creation of life also show up in Celtic tales of Blodeuwedd, a magical woman made of flowers. The hero Lleu Llaw Gyffes is magically cursed by his mother, Arianrhod, to never find a human wife. To counteract this curse, two fabled magicians named Math and Gwydion gather petals and flowers from oaks, meadowsweet and broom and concoct a powerful spell that conjures the most beautiful maiden anyone has ever seen, a woman made of flowers. The tale is also a magical cautionary tale as they later have to punish their creation after it behaves badly, needing to chase it down and place their own curse upon it.

Darker and much more visceral themes seem to emerge towards the end of the Taurean Age. These seem to be connected to the ascendancy of the stars of Aries to the position of heliacal rising stars of the spring equinox, and to a widespread cultural shift away from sacrificial bulls to sacrificial rams. Rams and heroes – archetypes of Aries rather than Taurus – may now have started to become more significant. I feel that it’s this latter period that brings much of the blood spilling elements of the tales connected to Taurus. The bull cults were very well entrenched and widespread, and I feel that tales like that of Theseus slaying the Minotaur, Jason questing for the Fleece and facing the Colchis bulls (immensities with bronze hooves and mouths which breathe fire and which he must yoke and use to plough a field) and other myths featuring the slaying or taming of bulls are at least partly sourced in these events. Mystery traditions started shifting towards monotheistic and angry or ‘flaming sword’ deities, away from the Earth Mysteries and towards both agriculture and more modern concepts of godhood. Purification rituals and blood baptisms involving bulls seem to have been a common element of the transition. The worship of Ahura Mazda in the late Aries Age, for example, involved an initiate standing under a platform and being drenched with the blood of a sacrificial bull which they needed to drink in. In the Roman Mithraic Mysteries there are reliefs (called in todays language ‘Tauroctony’) which depict Mithras killing a bull while surrounded by suns, moons and stars. In the Hebrew bible an Israelite who had come into contact with a dead body would need to undergo a ritual purification involving a red cow being sacrificed, its ashes being used in the ritual purification. Followers of Moses distinguished themselves from the bull cults of the ‘heathen’ Egyptians who were ‘looking back to the past’ by adopting the lamb as the sacrificial beast. In other words, as the Age winds down the Taurus cults are still very strong and robust but they are perceived not as ‘renewers of life’ but as husks clinging to a decaying era and new heroes of life are called upon to vanquish them and usurp their power. A great deal of our knowledge of the ancient world was probably lost in the process. In Europe only the isolated proto-Druidic tradition of the British Isles seems to have escaped this purge and just adapted, but it was (except for certain symbols) an oral tradition and was later similarly lost.

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This body of mythology, while in parts bloody, connects these stars with visceral and naturally sourced life power, potency, strength, sensuality and enduring influence – qualities which are primary virtues of the Taurus sign. We need to be very wary of attaching the significance of ‘sacrifice’ to these stars alone, since animals of other stars were also considered sacred offerings during their periods of influence. What is different in the sacrifices attached to the Age of the Bull is the transference of power, strength and vigour, often physical, procreative, virile or sexual.

Also, and most importantly, its vital to keep in mind that during the politically and socially tumultuous transition from the Taurus era to the Aries era much of the original lore of these stars was destroyed and has remained lost. It was not generally written down. The Bull Cults of Greece and the Mediterranean, the Babylonian priesthoods and the Hathor priesthood of Egypt, the Druids – all fonts of this wisdom were ultimately wiped out and their knowledge stemmed, subverted, conflated or vanished. The stars of the Celestial Bull became awash with bloodshed during the transition forwards and have carried a visceral quality to them ever since. Their Mystery schools went underground and their secrets were shunned and hidden away in labyrinths of the mind, like the bestial and enraged Minotaur slain by Theseus. This is the part that history vaguely recalls, the later age of Taurus, not the early age. We can only surmise the nature of the early teaching about these stars – fertility, sexuality, sexual potency and the magic of the renewal of life in spring, the magical power of the feminine and the secrets of the Seven Sisters and the mysteries of matter, nature and form are among the most likely focuses. It is also worth noting here that the Pleiades are referred to as ‘Seven Sisters’ (sometimes brothers or hens or some other representation of siblings) by diverse ancient cultures located as far away from one another as Australia, North America, China and Siberia, among others, cultures which are not supposed to have had any contact. The suggestion then is that this shows either a common link between early people (such as an ancestral race memory of a previous era of civilization, or a collective unconsciousness) or that they were more in contact with one another than is supposed – or both. Why else would they all designate these seven lights as ‘siblings’? Why not jewels, or seeds, or some other more reasonable coincidence? If it is down to some unknown connection, the stars of Taurus may have a much older lore that we have completely lost. The answer, like so many, is buried in the past, as well as in us.

 

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SUBSTANCE

To modern day zodiacal Taurus these tales have given many qualities, including a supremely tactile attachment to nature and the physical world, from food to touch. Taurus is always ready to experience more of the richness of life. It is a sign that saturates itself in qualities until it becomes sodden and heavy with them, and therefore takes forms that are difficult to mutate or remove. Patience is the requirement with whatever Taurus touches, and we might also say strength and endurance but we do not really mean just physical strength and endurance but mental and especially emotional as well, and we mean a quiet and peaceful strength not a violent and warlike one. Like seeds planted in soil things placed with Taurus take care, love and the natural passage of time to bear their fruit. Until then there is work to be done and Taurus is the most equipped to roll up the sleeves and start digging in the dirt.

No sign is more practical or hard working than Taurus – this is the sign that is always ready to buckle down with the back breaking work or the pulling of the cart. Its filled with muscular power and quiet determination. It tires far less easily than other signs and nearly always finds ways to make its resources last as long as they need to. The Taurus in human beings is the pleasure we feel listening to beautiful music while sitting in slippers by a warm open fire with a glass of red wine eating our favourite chocolates, basking in the satisfaction of a hard weeks work well done. Today it is mostly about an appreciation of the simple but often expensive pleasures of physical life, but once it was much more connected to the pleasure we felt when working the land, the satisfaction gained and the pleasure experienced in contact with Mother Earth. It was about the wet grass between our toes and the mysteries of an abundant Mother of life that just kept on giving and giving…and we kept on taking, but at some terrible point we stopped giving back. However these deeper pleasures still exist within the Taurus sign in all of us as do the yearnings to feel that pleasure again and so Taurus is nowadays often instrumental in bringing us ‘back to nature’ in whatever form that takes. You walk a while with the plodding tread of this beautiful, docile creature and your heart fills with gentleness and peace. Whatever Taurus touches in our chart it brings with it a modern day impetus to re-connect with the land around us and recover this deeper source of tranquil, natural pleasure at being alive in the physical world. We were formed from Mother Nature, after all, and have an instinct to be close to Her. However, this is often led astray by the pull of materialism in our societies.

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Taurus is essentially practical, realistic, loving of ease but given to hard work, possesses great physical endurance or strength, is slow to act, and works persistently and patiently toward (usually material and physical) goals. Like the Bull which symbolises its astral character, the Taurus nature does not like to be led around the field and can manifest its fixed Earth energy in a very stubborn and intractable way, refusing to accept another way as better than theirs or not backing down when miffed. They do not like to be told what to do in great detail – they prefer to be left alone to get on with it without the unnecessary commentary – and like to take their time chewing over everything very carefully in order to fully digest it before they swallow it. Other signs (in particular Gemini, Leo, Aries, Aquarius and sometimes Scorpio) may find Taurus maddeningly slow unless other factors provide more restless qualities.

Taurus possesses great hidden reserves of strength, physical power and endurance. It is known for an ability to work hard and toil far longer than other signs. The ability to work persistently, quietly and patiently toward goals coupled with this strength is perhaps the signs greatest material asset. When Taurus is strong and healthy it is always there with a helping hand, a support that is more than just encouraging since it is geared to being actually useful. It has a weakness when it comes to emotional areas which we will discuss shortly, but elsewhere it is not only willing to help but eager to do something about the problem. They are the well known ‘rock’, the type of person you can rely on when the chips are down. This sign is devoted and loyal to others, like it’s opposite, Scorpio, because deep within it Venus, the signs ruler, whispers about the true foundation of all strength and power, love. When motivated by love, Taurus is loyal and will never abandon those who have shown it their own loyalty by their actions and deeds. Taurus is a builder by nature and so this sign carries the keys to building a better world in the future. It all depends on what motivates it in the first place.

Another great virtue of Taurus is the solidly Earthy nature of the attitude. It must be pushed harder and longer than is the norm – by far – before its equilibrium and temper snaps and it can take a lot of punishment before its bodies grow exhausted or its strength fails. This Earthy connection can also be a great help in all the Earth analogue exercises of initiation. Patience, practicality, an ability to work long and hard labour, common sense and practical acumen in dealing with physical things such as plants and money are also manifestations of this Earthy acumen. This is the sign that grows and makes things you can touch, from vegetation to savings, or build beautiful things you can experience physically, from buildings to jewelery. It likes to get its hands (hooves?) on experience and draws sustenance and vitality from steady but persistent physical activity. The signs resonance with the physical also makes it tactile and sensuous – this is a sexualised sign like its polar opposite Scorpio, but with Taurus the pleasure is more tactile than emotional. The spirit of this sign is not cold and stern but ruled by the loving nature of Venus – as well as needing to keep hands busy Taurus likes to take care of people and to protect them physically, to provide materially for those it loves and with whom it expects to form enduring and loyal bonds.

bird-of-paradise-3126284_1920Taurus is also a good listener because it possesses the patience to let people speak while they slowly consider advice that is sensible and actually useful. The sign is acquisitive in matters of love and can be accused of possessiveness yet is also constant, loyal, affectionate and very sensual. For Taurus love is not a passing emotion but a deep and lasting bond which must be honoured and worked at. Emotional bonds form more slowly and cautiously but are more enduring and resistant to adversity in life. What helps to sharpen the focus of the analysis here is to compare the ways in which Taurus differs from Scorpio, because it is these differences that matter. When we do this, the first contrast that leaps out is not about practicality but about the expression of feelings – with Scorpio the feelings are very intense, passionate and often dark or having a cynical humour, and they are expressed with controlled force. In stark contrast to this the Taurus emotional nature is simple, calm, tranquil, often having a soft and light hearted humour, and emotions are expressed with forced control.

Taurus naturally clashes with the other Fixed or Stable signs of Leo, Aquarius and Scorpio and harmonises itself with the other two Earth signs as well as with Cancer and Pisces. The squares and the opposition to its sibling Stable signs generate problems which are often motivated by mutual stubbornness. These are clashes of will that often stalemate, escalate or alienate but which can also combine into formidable resistance and power. Additionally with the Leo sign, Taurus is put off by the ego and sometimes a bit jealous of the success while Leo sees Taurus as pleasant but not particularly fun to be around (dull, not craving drama like Leo but instead insisting on a lack of drama). Compared to Aquarius, Taurus is very normal, sensible, predictable and heavily invested in the status quo rather than completely far out there, weird and incomprehensible. I’ve already said something about the relationship between Taurus and Scorpio, two signs which are very loyal but which have very different approaches to showing that loyalty, one of which is intensely emotional and complicated and the other very levelheaded and uncomplicated but naive of deeper issues. In both Cancer and Pisces, Taurus finds two passive allies that understand its need for peace, quiet and tranquility as well as signs which resonate with its caring nature. These two signs bring Taurus some much-needed Water that help it prevent itself from becoming stuck in its ways while Taurus gives both of these signs some critical stability, support and resources. The basis of the resonance with the signs of Virgo and Capricorn is of course the Earth Element which connects them together and so the harmony between these three signs encompasses all the virtues of the Earth Element, specifically being adept in dealing with the material and physical world.

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ANALOGIES

Universal natural connection to Taurus is found close to fertile nature, near meadows and sylvan forests in the countryside, next to old rocks living in the mud, in ploughed fields and overgrown bush. Taurus is rock, seed, meadow, soil, spore, manure, ox, green leaf and blossom generally. Its totemic animals include not only bovines but also all cattle and farm animals generally as well as beasts which work, hummingbirds, bees, pollinating insects, giant creatures, physically powerful animals like bears, apes and gorillas, the elusive sasquatch, the fae who tend to nature, the rock people, horned gods, ants, sloths and whales (which are shared with Pisces). It generally has a powerful influence over all vegetation and plant life but is especially connected to wild rose, bird of paradise, prehistoric plant life (the bigger the better), and all the plants of Venus. In the mineral kingdom it resonates not only with emeralds (again via Venus) but also with precious jewels as well as the countless grey, featureless pebbles and boulders that make up the land, from small to large, with the largest becoming mountains and the province of another Earth sign, Capricorn. In the chakras it relates to the Root centre (as connection to Earth, grounding, stability, possession and sensual pleasure) and the Throat centre (as feeling for form and space), while in the physical body it is the region of the neck, vocal cords, upper shoulders, tongue and lower jaw, with a reflex association with the sex organs. chocsTaurus is also analogous to the receptivity and sensory capacity of the skin, the ears and the nose, especially the connection with emotional satisfaction and pleasure that these physical senses can bring, so to perfumes, music, massage and so on, as well as to the musical power of the voice (many belting singers have a Taurus emphasis). Its colours are browns, terracotta, shades of green and other forest hues – nothing too bold or dramatic. Its astrological direction is south-east, its season in the northern hemisphere is spring, its musical tone is F# and its places outdoors include farms, meadows, agricultural fields, muddy ditches, stone and wood circles, verdant forests, pastures, big old barns built to last, stables, financial districts, canyon floors, places where lovers gather for trysts, overgrown buildings, rocky plateaus and crystal caves or places where jewels and other riches of the Earth (and their spirit guardians) are gathered. Inside, Taurus points towards the lower places of a building such as the cellar, underground parking spaces, the cavities under floorboards, and to places where relaxation and rest as well as patient work with the hands or body take place, jewelery boxes, piggy banks, safes, places where work clothes and tools are stored and places where mud gathers, trees loom or indoor plants prosper. Its alchemical process is congelation (the conversion of a thin flowing liquid into a congealed thick substance, often by slow heating), and in the Kabbalistic Tree, Taurus is analogous to the Hebrew letter Vav (‘Nail’) and the 5th Path from Kether to Binah, called the root consciousness (“the fifth path is called the root consciousness because it is the substance of the unity, joining itself to that understanding [i.e. Binah] which itself emanates from within the province of primordial wisdom”.). As explained below, Taurus is connected with the magic of the creation of forms which are suitable to manifest essential meaning, the Art of transmuting forms so that they invite different essential meaning or so that they more completely and clearly manifest their native essential meaning (i.e. alchemy), knowledge of how each form expresses essential meaning and of how form and essential meaning are related, magical mastery of form and of the Primal Elements, the magic of agriculture, farming and plant cultivation and all the initiatory and magical arcana of the High Priest tarot image. In mundane astrology it is connected with the Sun sign in the current charts for Portugal (1974), South Africa (1994), Georgia (1991), Bangladesh (1971), Eire (1949), Sierra Leone (1961), Togo (1960), Japan (1952), Palestine (1994), Israel (1948), Monaco (1949), Great Britain (1707), Ecuador (1830) and Paraguay (1811) (expect to witness chaotic and radical change for these nations with Uranus now entering Taurus for 7 years). A Taurus Sun also shone over the days of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster (1986), the Hindenburg explosion (1937), German surrender at the end of WWII (1945), George Washington taking the Presidential oath (1789) and the sailing of the first fleet towards and subsequent colonization of Australia (1787).

Well known individuals with strong Taurus in their astrology include Karl Marx, Katherine Hepburn, Stewart Granger, Joanna Lumley and Carol Burnett (all with both Sun and Moon in Taurus), George Lucas, Steve Winwood, Randy Travis, Miriam Stoppard (all with Taurus Sun and Taurus rising), Dionne Warwick (Taurus Moon and Taurus rising), Adolf Hitler (Sun), Al Pacino (Sun), Barbra Streisand (Sun), Bertrand Russell (Sun), Immanuel Kant (Sun), Burt Bacharach (Sun), Cher (Sun), David Icke (Sun), Jack Nicholson (Sun), Michelle Pfeiffer (Sun), Orson Welles (Sun), Frida Kahlo (Moon), Bob Dylan (Moon), Bill Clinton (Moon), Carl G. Jung (Moon), Meryl Streep (Moon), Carrie Fisher (Moon), Diana Ross (Moon), Elton John (Moon) and Galileo (Moon), to name but a few.

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DARKNESS

Petrification. Stagnation. The gaze of Medusa. Taurus may be loving, strong and hard working but it is also, however, the most averse to change, the most stubborn, the most possessive and the most obdurate of all the zodiac signs. Despite its hardworking nature it can also become extremely lethargic and can be ‘bull-headed’ as the modern saying goes, charging into things recklessly when enraged. It can get very attached to the ‘sacred cows’ of the way things have seemingly always been and it can also become trapped in the need for success in the material world, the desire to own things so that life becomes more pleasurable and comfortable. Its need for security can kill any chance it has of the one thing that it seeks – inner peace and tranquility stemming from a simple acceptance of life as it is. Ultra-conservatism can suffocate and choke the ability to adapt, leaving a mummified husk of a life that gets left behind as the rest of the world moves on to embrace the latest innovations.

A binding sign is basically an indication that life can become too attached to something; in Taurus it is typical that this attachment is to the physical things that life can offer, money, good food and wine, a beautiful, well stocked home, a stable love life, etc, and the dependence on these things for solving problems can become a problem in itself. The acquisition of material objects is one of the greatest illusions this sign can fall under, as it can perceive the purpose of life to be the capacity to acquire as much material comfort as possible, both for themselves and others, so that life is more pleasant, easy, and above all the future made secure. Taurus can become emotionally attached to physical objects in a manner similar to Cancer, refusing to part with them for anything, and it is more acquisitive than Cancer as well. In this way it loses sight of one of the signs greatest strengths – the true source of lasting inner peace and security, the peace of just being without needing anything to enjoy it.

Aside from a binding of the heart to all things material the Taurus in us can be possessive in other ways too, especially in relationships. In fact it can make us as possessive and stubborn as we are loyal in the pursuit of love. Taurus can be very controlling and overbearing, especially when its feelings are hurt or it is worried, and as mentioned before it can easily get stuck in unhappy relationships, just because change is not secure. Jealousy and envy can also corrupt a good relationship when Taurus is strongly involved, as well as crises of loyalties and material and physical values – the question of whether something will last, the permanence of things and their true worth. Taurus can bore itself and its partners by perpetually maintaining a status quo where nothing changes or choke the sweetness with greed and possessiveness which offer no satisfaction and no peace. It is a tragedy when hard work and persistent loyalty in a relationship results in building too much predictability and stability into life or becoming too possessive, suffocating both partners and devouring inner peace, but this is so often the fate of a Taurus that will not change with the times.

chillinfieldTaurus may be robust and well built but everything has limits. Often it will tragically push itself way over the limits of its endurance and have to be stopped (by exhaustion, failing health, or someone more pig-headed). Yet when the temper snaps or that body and equilibrium breaks, it breaks bad – anyone in the path of the raging bull gets snorted at, charged, impaled, butted into the air, flattened, trampled, and left in the mud. You know it, in other words. There is no subtlety. There may be apology later, but don’t count on it – you pushed it way too far. Resistance to you doing it again will be firm and intractable. In extreme situations, Taurus gets extremely physical. Basic body language will often give this away to the observant before they go too far – faces will redden, nostrils will flare, looks will harden.

Great darkness in the sign can be avoided entirely by learning to take risks, especially emotional ones, not becoming stuck in any cozy comfort zone and also not falling into a work ethic in life where we spend all our soul energy on working hard just to make our way through. An often immovable obstacle in the way of progress, the signs nature faces an interesting challenge in the coming times because its respect for tried and true methods, the ways of doing things in the past, must be balanced with a total openness to all things new if it is to sensibly handle the severe effects of various paradigm shocks which will radically alter the world in the coming century. Now is a time for Taurus to recognize that new ways of doing things may be more productive and not to be afraid of the sweeping changes new things will bring, remembering in any wintertime that the seasons must always return to spring, but more importantly that there are times in life when the path that excites because it is new is the only way forward to security, that life is in motion and so are we. In a chaotic and rapidly changing world such as many of us live in today, and will continue to face, the fact that others can rely on a down to earth nature when heaven and earth are turning upside down is a great help to many, but Taurus can go down a dark path if it does not see that its character and attitudes must never remain static but need to shift slowly in the direction of the gradual arc of sunlight. This will be especially true now that Uranus is spending time in Taurus.

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MYSTERIES & MAGIC

Ptah breathes life into the multi-verse with a single, simple Word. Mud begins to spin on the potters wheel, hands firmly grasp it (Taurus). Virgo plots, plans, measures, refines, purifies and perfects the form into discrete and measured shapes, Capricorn sees their potential and means of continuance through time, but Taurus provides the raw resources and the labour. At the causal level, Taurus is the hands, clay and the potters wheel itself, the basic instrument from which all Forms will be conjured. The most ancient human magic of the Earth signs is undoubtedly planting and tilling the soil (Taurus), cultivation and harvesting (Virgo), and conservation and maintenance of the whole cycle for future generations (Capricorn). After this the earliest magic of Taurus is probably then realizing the different properties of plants and cultivating them for these purposes, as well as gradually learning how to work with stones, metals and minerals.

Taurus is what I call a binding sign, like Scorpio. As a Magnetic expression of Venus what is being bonded is the essential nature of Venus, which is the significance of resonance, the ways in which things are sympathetic or repulsive to one another. With Taurus the binding action is Earthy and grounded, meaning that a physical objects essential meaning is expressed through its appearance, its form arising through a process that is guided by resonance. The binding, Earthy essence gives Taurus an acquisitive taste and a nose for a bargain, an appreciation for beautifully made things and money, but also this deeper more esoteric understanding of physical experience, that matter is based on Venusian principles of resonance, of desire and attraction. The feeling of cherishing something bonds its physical form to our emotional form, which gives us the feeling that it is ‘ours’. Yet it is not really ours to own, merely to appreciate and preserve for a time, there must come a time when we must let all cherished objects go, no matter how much we want to keep them for good. Some of these possessive attitudes of Taurus can go very deep, the most primal being our sense of ownership of our organs, muscles, blood and all the bits of the physical body as well as ultimately the body itself. All of these things are on loan only.

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As mentioned earlier I have also come to understand the connection between Taurus and the ancient practice of alchemy, for Taurus is the path on the Gra Tree which acts as a vessel for the Unity of Kether to manifest in infinite Form. It is the path that gives an initial influx of essential meaning to Binah, ‘pinning’ (or ‘nailing’) form and giving birth to an infinite number of Greater Selves. In this sense Taurus is the ‘Earth Mother’, the first or most primal of the Earth signs (which on the Gra Tree are all concerned with the emergence of the One Self into Form). This too may have had a bearing on the magical thinking of the early Taurus Age. Look at all those clay and earthen figurines and pots of the earliest Earth Mother deities, and the connection to Taurus becomes even more tangible – she is often voluptuous with curves and rounded with the luxurious signs of a pleasurable lifestyle, pregnant, her hair flowing wildly outward and her posture fertile and receptive.

In ‘The 26 Keys’ (p363, p424) and in this journal I tag Taurus as a “Binding, Externalizing, Form building, Stable Earth sign of the Causal plane”. I have already spoken about Binding signs and what they signify. Earth signs are signs focused on practicality (as opposed to intellect, emotion and will) and Fixed or Stable signs are concentrations and consolidations of energy. The combination of the Earth Element with the Stable mode produces the most inflexible of the 12 possible combinations, and so in many ways Taurus represents what most people typically think of when they think of the Earth Element – a solid, unmoving, inanimate block. This is a good place to start a meditation on Taurus, but I suggest you add a lush carpet of wildflowers, some moss and a clinging vine to the picture, along with the attendant symphonies of nature, the aromas, sounds and sensations of feeling and touch. It is an externalizing sign (a sign which focuses on external effects and objects and on the projection of the self towards those effects and objects) and the principle Form building sign, meaning the most primal and causal. At an esoteric level it is the sign which gives rise to Form itself, and thus the principle builder of Creation. Its operations and essential meaning organize raw, undifferentiated essential meaning into Forms of pure awareness, thus giving birth to the realm of the Greater Selves.

Taurus represents physical sensation and our ability to manipulate the physical world through the body, thus differentiating the body from other objects, teaching us about possession and ownership. The truth that giving and receiving are one is shrouded by the appearance of separateness between physical things; we have lost sight of the truth. The truth is so simple, a child could comprehend it: the only thing ever given and received, is love. When love is given, it is first received in the heart of the giver; and when it is received the gratitude of the receiver, gives. In this exchange, both giver and receiver are enriched together with all things. Karmically, what we do with what we are given comes down to a choice – we give thanks for it and use it to create more pleasure and wellbeing in others, thus multiplying the abundance of joy it brings, or we selfishly and fearfully hold onto it, fearing that we will be subject to scarcity, and thus block the flow of abundance.

Taurus gives a strong connection to the sense of touch and smell, enhancing magical exercises with these, and is very sensual and responsive to physical stimulation generally. Also, there is a connection to the Earth and a love of nature, particularly plants, and so Taurus lends what may be called “green fingers”. As Taurus rules the throat and larynx, it may also lend us a beautiful and luxurious or rich and deep sounding singing voice. People tend to calm down a bit just at the sound of a steady Taurus voice. Taurus also binds the sense of touch to the physical body, and is therefore attuned to all sensual pleasures and sexual arousal. Its magic is therefore carnal and has an association with sex magic, incenses, oils and other sensual tools for affecting the awareness through the physical senses. When we hear music and feel it in and with our body, when we dance, when we are kissed, when we sing, when something ‘smells’ wrong or right, when we hug, when we open the hot oven door, Taurus is with us enjoying the moment and making it possible. It is therefore intimately connected with our instincts and the ‘animal side’ in human behaviour which recognises signals in the environment at an inborn, primal and instinctive level of awareness.

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Therefore initiation via Taurus is often about immersive, saturated experience in the tangible world and surrender to these primal instincts, as well as about initiation into the mysteries of Nature. The good news is that this means really indulging the physical and sensual experience – it means massages, fine foods and wines, soft beds, loving sex, bare toes in wet grass and skinny dipping under a velvet canopy of stars. It means utter and total immersion in the world of the physical senses, so it means listening or dancing all night long to music and completely losing the mind chatter in bodily and tactile experience. Of course, the warning against excess here is obviously about not completely wallowing in sensual experiences but using them as a tool to access a simpler and peaceful state of existing in the body. This inner peace is the true state of security and ‘practicality’ (i.e. practice) in the heart of the Taurean Ox – it is inwardly sourced in the awareness that simply enjoys the uncomplicated pleasures of being physically alive, the sound of the wind and the song of the birds in the trees and its caress as it brushes your hair, ear and cheek, the smell of the rain on wet grass and fresh rose buds opening in the spring, the glint of morning dew on a hedgerow, drinking in the light on the mountainside, the warm and cosy comfort of being slightly drunk. I have stressed the word inwardly here because it is vitally important – as I have said the Taurus nature has the habit of attaching the significance of security to external factors, meaning it gets possessive of the territory, the wine, the roses and above all the money that makes it all possible. It becomes unhealthily attached to things through the pleasure and security they bring, but in the process it loses sight of the fact that these things can offer no lasting security and that only the inner sense of security – the sense of peace and calm – can sustain this. It misses the real source of all these riches – the body itself and beyond that, the natural world which formed the body from mud, clay, water, juice and sap in a long, laborious process.

faebridgeHowever it is important for the external ‘props’ of Taurus to be present in order for the contact with sensual experience to occur – we need stuff after all! – and so the task is not to overcome any materialism or acquisitiveness but to interact with it as one would a door, a portal which leads to uncomplicated satisfactions. Also, it is prudent and pragmatic to recognise that some external forms of sensual and physical security and pleasure are more dependable than others – money comes and goes, but the individual who can go out into a forest or a meadow for a few hours and come back rejuvenated and invigorated has chosen a better resource. The sound of birds talking and the whisper of leaves or the sight of an animal, the solace of ancient stones, the feel of plunging your hands into dirt, singing in the shower, relaxing to music, cuddling – these things cost nothing but have greater value than anything you can buy.

Furthermore, winning or being right is not always (or ever) worth more than peace. Sometimes, the consequences of backing down are so trivial that the wisest course is the peaceful one that means walking away, but the stubborn bullishness of Taurus can make that difficult, or rather it can make it seem difficult until you do it, at which point it becomes clear that it is the easier option that additionally does not squander your precious energy. Effectively, you win certain battles by walking away from them – Taurus is the wisdom of knowing when it is ripe to do this.

The ancient maxim of ‘as ye sow, so shall ye reap’ applies powerfully here. This is not however a threat, except to the lazy. It is about the wisdom of understanding that there are natural laws which ensure that effort produces results, that for everything that manages to push its little green shoot out of the dirt and into reality there is a cause, and that cause connects to the witness. It doesn’t mean that everything that happens to us is our fault, although in some cases we do reap this way. It means instead we have a part to play in it that may not be a fault at all, but a choice, a seed we have planted for our growth, and that what we sow now can yield a fresh harvest later, provided we labour at it.

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My mother, who was chronically deaf most of her later life, once went to a spiritual retreat but she felt isolated and shut out when she could not hear any of what was being shared, so she went out for a walk in nature while they talked. She immediately came to a large oak tree that drew her Taurus Sun like a moth to a flame. Going straight to it, she sat down to meditate with it. Now, my mum was a very even keeled person, she did not get easily excited or amazed, but whenever she told me about what happened next (which she did a number of times) she was filled with awe and astonishment. She said a winged being of light came out of the tree and spoke to her, blessing her with great conviction and assurance, “You are pure!”. It has always struck me as typical for Taurus that while everyone else was talking about them she was quietly actually having a spiritual experience.

Another tale connected to my mother is also relevant here. About 10 years ago I was in northern California, far away from my mother in the UK. I was staying in a cabin in the midst of redwoods without any mobile phone access (for text messaging – she could not hear), and my mother did not use computers, but I had heard while going into town and taking my phone with me that she was not well, and I was feeling a lot of concern because of the vast distance. I remembered my mothers story about the tree spirit, and so I went outside to talk to the redwoods. As I stood alone on the porch in the early evening, I sent my awareness out to sense my mother, who I knew would be asleep. I thought of the last time I had hugged her before leaving, and asked her if she was ok and if she was in need of anything. Precisely at this moment, my reverie was interrupted by a whoosh of air and an intense whirring noise, and as I opened my eyes I gazed upon an emerald coloured hummingbird that was hovering in front of my face. Immediately, I knew she was ok – I was literally filled with a sense of knowing calm. It was just as if she had been there and hugged me back. After bringing this message the hummingbird moved to a nearby fruit tree, fed, and then was gone into the woods with an echoing whir.

As these examples suggest, Taurus will often initiate through the Earth mysteries. The physical life that exists upon the surface of this world – ALL of it, from the microscopic to the gigantic, the inorganic and organic, animate and inanimate – is all connected in Form. We are all part of nature with everything else, and so at this level we share a Form by virtue of being on and of the same planet. This Form is in our awareness as well as in our physical form. Outside of this planets nurturing atmosphere, we still share higher levels of Form with the solar system (which is shown in our birth charts) and further out, with everything else in the physical universe. Matter is an expression of awareness (and so awareness is present in all material things, including trees and rocks) and it is the structure and shape of awareness that binds matter into various forms. The Form of inner awareness externalizes itself as physical form.

The Taurus way, its quest as a collective member of the zodiac, is to preserve and nurture something sacred – the human value system and our innate shared wealth, the natural world. It is the task of Taurus in human nature to assess the true value of the physical, astral and mental resources of our collective humanity and ensure their continuation. If the world is to avoid the total catastrophe it is currently heading towards we will need this impulse to save species, preserve ecosystems, resist corruption and teach us how to truly honour that which binds us all together – the sacred Mother Earth.

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Business as Unusual: Uranus in Taurus

Greetings, and welcome back to journeys! This month, we look at the return of the planet Uranus to the sign Taurus which begins this year.

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The only people who are alive today who will have Uranus in Taurus (except those about to be born) will be in their early to mid 80s, so the information about how Uranus in this sign behaves in society and how it affects Uranus tribes of other zodiac signs will probably be more relevant to readers, unless they know someone elderly. Information about how Uranus in Taurus behaves in society and history is, however, of great import to literally everyone alive on the face of this planet at this time.

When the planet Uranus entered Aries (2010 being the preview, 2011 being the committed start) we saw, basically immediately,  many obvious and direct manifestations of its qualities – angry crowds, civil wars, massive explosions (Deepwater Horizon), Fukushima, political and social protests, militant movements bent on revolution and overthrow, social media turned into a weapon and a means to direct force, cyber-warfare, and many more events that introduced massive social pressures and threatening situations globally. These themes and more have been the talk of the worlds people and media for several years now. This era is about to end, the zeitgeist is fading with Uranus leaving Aries for Taurus this spring, returning to Aries for a brief farewell and review of business later this year and early next, before finally entering Taurus for good next spring. This year of 2018, then, is the preview year of Uranus in Taurus and the wrap-up year of Uranus in Aries, but it is 2019 in which the Taurus show really starts to get on the road. This years preview, however, is looking set to be very dramatic indeed.

In a previous article I presented a discussion on the general nature of Uranus cycles, which I will reproduce here for ease of reference and because it is an important part of the context of this article.

“The Uranus cycles are the ones we have to truly expand our minds to grasp. They are currently cycles connected with the integration of technology and human awareness since they resonate with the pace of innovation within the prevailing paradigm (which is scientific in our case), and given that the macro cycle is positioned towards the upper limit of our life span it also has resonance with the potential totality of conscious awareness that is present in human beings. In other words, it expresses the point at which the elastic nature of human awareness reaches its natural limits and begins to snap unless it radically adapts. It is difficult to remember everything (anything?) or even to care about the latest new thing when so much has already happened. By the time we are in our 80s the world has changed so radically from when we came in that it is almost unrecognisable, and we are struggling to keep up. Think on that – think of the struggle someone in their 80s has coming to terms with the fact that when they were born almost nobody had TV except the very rich, then they look up and contrast with today. Now, people have their own channels – and we just took one example. Its a total mindbomb nobody back then could have seen coming, and thats what awaits us all at the end of this cycle. Think on where you came into the world, now picture that accelerated far beyond your imagination. This is the spirit of the macro cycle. It is also part of the Great Work that is woven into reality by the Greaters.

This fact – that nobody can project crazily enough into the future to foresee the end of this macro cycle once it begins – is one of the greatest dangers facing us in our use of technology and scientific innovation. Our embrace of technology as an avatar of change and a bringer of solutions to our dilemmas is loaded with unforeseen consequences that we will only see play out fully if we reach a ripe old age, and this is what we need to realise – that only these people have this wisdom, and thus their alienation is part of our doom because we do not learn what they have learned, and just repeat the same mistakes on an elevated scale. Thus, the Uranus macro cycle is very much about how we treat our elders – will they be able to transmit what they have learned from their turn with (for example) Uranus in Scorpio to the newly born children of Uranus in Scorpio, or will that voice be lost because they are no longer seen as having a functional role in society?

This connection to the elderly is because the Uranus macro cycle is in a 3:1 resonance with the Saturn cycle – one orbit of Uranus around the Sun is equal to 3 orbits of Saturn. The third Saturn return and the Uranus return combine to bring to us an awareness of life coming to an end but also of having come back to the beginning. Therefore, the macro cycles of Saturn and Uranus intertwine about human awareness as it interacts with time and form the core or basis of collective or generational astrology. We might (as I propose) have to add Chiron to that heart of the matter, only time will tell.

The Uranus micro cycle is one quarter of the Saturn macro cycle, placing Uranus in resonance with Saturn on both scales. As mentioned previously, the 7 year scale of the micro cycle is resonant with generations we encounter in our schooling when we are young, and exactly when in the 7 year period we are born has a lot to do with the quality of social environment we encounter in school years. If we are born in the middle of the period, with Uranus in the middle of the sign, everyone we go to school with will be of the same collective mind and will easily form bonds (which can have an effect on sports teams, for example). If however we are born at the end or beginning of the period (with Uranus at the beginning or end of a sign) there will be more clashes in the early social environment, perhaps more ‘us and them’ cliquishness, with some groups being potentially very tiny and thus alienated, particularly when you add classroom division into the equation. However, this is a healthier environment in terms of variety and the kind of creativity that arises from chaos rather than co-operation. Its a matter of perspective, but also of recognising the different generations and finding ways to cater to both at the same time – then the magic is often remarkable and outstrips that of those with a more vanilla flavoured upbringing.

The micro cycle delineates a ‘techno-cult’ of some kind that forms around new technology and the first children to be exposed to it. Something new is introduced which has rapid and irreversible consequences for society, and what that is will be resonant with the sign that Uranus is in. It is important to understand what a technology is in the eyes of this planet, however – it is not necessarily a gadget or an invention, it can also be an ideal that drives societies, a ‘new wave’ of any kind or a major shock or collapse that forces movement in new directions, often on multiple trajectories. It leads to a new kind of meaning to things entering play. I have a theory that gatherings of the tribe bring about a rapid acceleration of change – that if you want to make a big, quick change, you get everyone with Uranus in a certain sign to be your ally. Rallies and demonstrations that are organised with a mind to emphasising the breakthrough potential of this planet may have a greater chance of forcing change, but that change may well be out of their control. This is why I have not spent much time writing about it. I feel we should work with Jupiter, Saturn and Chiron first. These also represent easier cycles to wield in intentional directions.”

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To begin with, as usual, I will give you the timeline of Uranus in Taurus for the last millennium and the next hundred years, coupled with a detailed and lengthy but incomplete report of its historical impacts. After that I will discuss the themes I see, or some of them, and then we will get into some of the astrological details. On the off chance that anyone has actually been reading every single word of these since I have begun sharing them, you may have noticed that many events had been mentioned before in other articles. From this, you can see that any single event in history or any single thing is actually a complex formed from different astrological influences, from different sources. For example, in the list below you will learn that Uranus in Taurus gives us the atomic and nuclear age of power. However, that development also shows up in my article on Pluto in Leo. Therefore, the emergence or birth of the nuclear and atomic age has characteristics of both of these influences. Additionally there are nuances, with the first atomic bomb attack happening under Uranus in Gemini, not Uranus in Taurus (although Pluto was still in Leo). Uranus in Taurus addresses the arrival of a new resource, horrific weaponisation of that power developed alongside but was only deployed later. These nuances can be critical when you are doing astrological research.

Uranus in Taurus, 1000 – 2100 AD

  • May 17 1013 – Apr 14 1021 (not including Oct 22 1013 – Mar 7 1014 or Jun 26 1020 – Nov 10 1020)
  • Apr 28 1097 – Mar 25 1105 (not including Nov 19 1097 – Feb 11 1098 or Jun 7 1104 – Dec 4 1104)
  • Jul 15 1180 – Feb 25 1189 (not including Aug 12 1180 – Apr 12 1181 or May 21 1188 – Jan 3 1189)
  • Jun 6 1264 – May 5 1272 (not including Sep 22 1264 – Mar 25 1265 or Jul 28 1271 – Sep 30 1271)
  • May 16 1348 – Apr 18 1356 (not including Oct 17 1348 – Mar 7 1349 or Jul 1 1355 – Oct 30 1355)
  • Apr 26 1432 – Mar 29 1440 (not including Nov 14 1432 – Feb 10 1433 or Jun 10 1439 – Nov 24 1439)
  • Jul 11 1515 – Mar 3 1524 (not including Aug 12 1515 – Apr 9 1516 or May 23 1523 – Dec 23 1523)
  • Jun 12 1599 – May 15 1607 (not including Oct 2 1599 – Mar 31 1600 or Aug 9 1606 – Oct 2 1606)
  • May 21 1683 – Apr 28 1691 (not including Oct 28 1683 – Mar 12 1684 or Jul 10 1690 – Nov 4 1690)
  • May 3 1767 – Apr 8 1775 (not including Nov 29 1767 – Feb 15 1768 or Jun 19 1774 – Dec 2 1774)
  • Jul 8 1850 – Mar 14 1859 (not including Sep 3 1850 – Apr 16 1851 or Jun 2 1858 – Jan 1 1859)
  • Jun 6 1934 – May 15 1942 (not including Oct 10 1934 – Mar 28 1935 or Aug 7 1941 – Oct 5 1941)
  • May 15 2018 – Apr 26 2026 (not including Nov 6 2018 – Mar 6 2019 or Jul 7 2025 – Nov 8 2025)

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HISTORY

Notable events in history from these times that display a Uranus in Taurus motif:

1013-1021: Battle of Contarf ends Danish rule in Ireland but a Dane kills Irish King Brian Boru; Brian_Boru,_King_of_Munsterafter converting to Christianity in France, Olaf Haraldsson returns to Norway and promptly conquers land held by Danish, Swedish and Norwegian lords; Vladimir the Great dies and his domain splits into warring fiefs that eventually give rise to Belarus, Russia and Ukraine; Canute, Prince (and soon also King) of Denmark, invades and becomes King of all England; ‘Canute the Great’ codifies the laws of England; in China a hermit introduces the prime minister to “variolation,” an inoculation using germs from smallpox survivors; Machmud of Ghazni, a kingdom in central Asia, invades India and takes so many captives that the price of slaves plummets for several years; the Sunnis of Kairouan revolt against the Shi’ite Zirid Dynasty; the massive Kandariya Mahadeva Hindu Temple is completed in the Chandela capital of Khajuraho; Chola empire of India invades island of Lanka with 150,000 troops (largest amphibian military operation to date).

1097-1105: The conflicts of the First Crusade; the Kingdom of Jerusalem is founded in the Middle East; great flood of Goa leaves thousands cut off from the war-torn city of Ohpen Bheta; Tower of London takes in its first prisoner; Statue (moai) building begins about this time on Easter Island; Moai_Rano_rarakuWilliam IX, the Duke of Aquitaine, returns from the Crusades and composes songs about his adventures, thus becoming the first troubadour (he is excommunicated for licentious acts, but his lyrics lead to the “courtly love” genre); troubadour musicians organize in southern France; intense urban activity in north and central Europe.

1264-1272: Baron’s War is fought in England (a high point of struggle for political power between the landed aristocracy of England and the King); first English Parliament is called into session; first known meeting of Irish Parliament; Kublai Khan, grandson of Genghis Khan, moves his capital from Karakorum to what later becomes Beijing; Marco Polo departs from Venice with his father and uncle on his famous journey to Kublai Khan’s China; St. Thomas Aquinas pens his “Summa Theologica,” in which he attempts to reconcile theology with economic conditions; the Inquisition formed in Rome under Pope Clement IV; Mongol hordes sack Babylon and end 1,500 years of rule over Eastern Jewry by the high Mesopotamian priest known as the Exxilarch; Pope Clement IV dies and the following papal election fails to choose a new pope for almost three years, precipitating the later creation of stringent rules governing the electoral procedures; Roger Bacon completes his work ‘Opus Majus’ (the work contains wide-ranging discussion of mathematics, optics, alchemy, astronomy, astrology, and other topics); Pierre de Maricourt first describes magnetic poles and remarks on the nonexistence of isolated magnetic poles; Jews forced to wear yellow badges and other identifying labels in many places; the Eighth Crusade; construction of Caerphilly Castle, the largest in Wales, is completed.

1348-1356: King Edward III of England establishes the Order of the Garter, the first English order of knighthood; Europe and Eurasia decimated by Black Death plague – estimates range from 75 million to 200 million deaths; Danse_macabre_by_Michael_Wolgemutcountless Jews are persecuted and killed after being blamed for poisoning wells and causing the Black Death; nobility suffer shortage of labour following millions of deaths; Maori ancestors arrive at New Zealand on seven legendary canoes from Hawaii, the mother-island of the east Polynesians; leaning tower of Pisa was constructed; Luang Prabang is founded (it was the royal capital of the kingdom of Laos and a center of Laotian Buddhism and court arts); the Treason Act of 1351 defines treason in English law (it is currently one of the earliest statues still in force under English law).

1432-1440: The Thames River freezes; the 350-foot high dome of Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, is completed following 140 years of construction; foundation stone of Nantes Cathedral in France is laid; Incas establish an imperial state in the Andes of Peru (including the building of over 25,000 miles of road); Johannes Gutenburg invents the printing press with movable type (this changes everything, much like the Internet has in the modern day); kissing is banned in England in order to stop germs from spreading; Byzantium formally submits to Rome; in Ming Dynasty China a long episode of drought, flood, locust infestation, and famine cripple agriculture and commerce in areas throughout the country; Ming Dynasty disbands their naval fleet, altering the long standing balance of power in the Indian Ocean; China returns to a policy of isolation; Portuguese traders deliver their first cargo of African slaves to Lisbon; Incorporated Guild of Smiths is founded in Newcastle upon Tyne; Florentine polymath Leon Battista Alberti begins writing the treatise ‘On Painting’, in which he argues for the importance of mathematical perspective in the creation of three-dimensional vision on a two-dimensional plane; Afonso Gonçalves Baldaia becomes the first to explore the western coast of Africa, past the Tropic of Cancer; Prussian Confederation is formed.

1515-1524: At the Battle of Marj Dabik (north of Aleppo) the Turks beat Syria with the support of artillery, opening the way to 400 years of Ottoman Turkish rule over most of the Arab world; Martin Luther nails his ‘Ninety-five Thesis’ to the door of the Wittenberg Palace All Saints’ Church (signaling the beginning of the Protestant Reformation in Germany and Protestantism in general, shattering the external structure of the medieval church and at the same time reviving the religious consciousness of Europe); SONY DSCPope Leo X excommunicates Martin Luther; first public burning of books; first published account of the discovery of North America appears in “De Rebus Oceanicus et Novo Orbe” by the Italian historian Peter Martyr; Ferdinand Magellan makes the first voyage to successfully circumnavigate the world (he is killed by the journey but one of his ships eventually makes it); Sir Thomas Pert reaches Hudson Bay; Erasmus publishes his version of the New Testament; Thomas More publishes his “Utopia,”; music printed from engraved plates is used for the first time in Italy; Titian paints “Offering to Venus”; Albrecht Durer, German artist and engraver, designs a flying machine for use in war; Leonardo da Vinci dies aged 67; Raphael dies on his 37th birthday; founding of the Hapsburg dynasty; Nanak founds Sikhism; the last Mameluke sultan of Egypt is hanged; smallpox is carried to America in the party of Hernando Cortes; the Aztec and their leader, Moctezuma, welcome Hernando Cortez and his 650 explorers to their capital at Tenochtitlan (Montezuma, believing that Cortez could be the white-skinned deity Quetzalcoatl, whose return had been foretold for centuries, greets the arrival of these strange visitors with courtesy–at least until it becomes clear that the Spaniards are all too human and bent on conquest. Cortez and his men, dazzled by the Aztec riches and horrified by the human sacrifice central to their religion, began to systematically plunder Tenochtitlán and tear down the bloody temples. Montezuma’s warriors attack the Spaniards but with the aid of Indian allies, Spanish reinforcements, superior weapons and disease, Cortez defeats an empire of approximately 25 million people); Conquistadors under Cortez plunder gold from Aztecs; Leutze,_Emanuel_—_Storming_of_the_Teocalli_by_Cortez_and_His_Troops_—_1848.jpgFrancisco Hernandez de Cordoba, Spanish explorer, sails from Cuba and discovers the Mayan civilization in the Yucatan; envoys of Montezuma II attend the first Easter mass in Central America; Juan de Grijalva, Spanish explorer, names the area comprising Mexico, Central America north of Panama, the Spanish West Indies, and south-west North America New Spain and is also the first known European to smoke tobacco; Aztec chronicler describes a comet as a “flaming ear of corn”; Seville Cathedral completed after 115 years of work; Florentine merchants granted a monopoly in the African slave trade; Bohemians minted silver Joachimsthalers, “thalers” for short – this was the basis for the word “dollar”; first running of the bulls was held at Pamplona, Spain; the first turkeys are introduced to Europe from America; first marine insurance policies are issued in Florence; Ottoman Emperor Suleiman the Magnificent successfully overcomes the Knights Hospitaller, bringing about formation of the Knights of Malta.

1599-1607: Tudor Queen Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen,” dies; she is succeeded by her cousin’s (Mary Queen of Scots) son, King James VI of Scotland, uniting the crowns of Scotland and England (ceremonies are limited because of plague); England’s King James I decrees the design of the original Union Flag (also referred to as the Union Jack); Sir Walter Raleigh imprisoned in Tower of London; Globe Theater has its first (recorded) performance; Shakespeare writes ‘As You Like It’ (“All the worlds a stage, and all the men and women merely players”); first recorded performance of Shakespeare’s comedy “Twelfth Night”; William Shakespeare’s tragedy “Othello” is first presented (at Whitehall Palace); “Henry IV”, “Henry V”, “The Merchant of Venice”, “A Shakespeare_portraitMidsummer Night’s Dream” and “Much Ado About Nothing” are published; Shakespeare writes “King Lear”, “Antony and Cleopatra” and “The Tragedy of Macbeth”; many other works by Shakespeare are produced; Christopher Marlowe publishes his version of the “Tragical History of Dr. Faustus”; first part of Miguel de Cervantes’ satire on the theme of chivalry, “Don Quixote”, is published in Madrid (it is one of the first significant novels in the western literary tradition and becomes a global bestseller almost at once); Arjun, the 5th Sikh guru, compiles the sacred book “Granth Sahib,” a compilation of over 6,000 hymns meant to be sung to classical Indian ragas; Kabuki theater starts in Japan; Tokyo replaces Kyoto as the administrative center of Japan; founding of the Tokugawa Shogunate; Caravaggio signs a contract with Pope Clement VIII’s treasurer and paints many works before fleeing after accidentally committing murder; Galileo invents the thermometer; Arequipa, Peru, is destroyed as the Huaynaputina volcano explodes catastrophically in the largest volcanic explosion in South America in historic times; the eruption continues with associated earthquakes and devastates the socioeconomic fabric of southern Peru and neighboring Chile and Bolivia; explosion in Peru has effects on climate around the Northern Hemisphere where 1601 is the coldest year in six centuries, leading to heavy summer rains and famine in Russia that kills a third of its population and sparks a revolution; British East India Company is chartered by Queen Elizabeth I; Dutch East India company is chartered; Christian missionaries arrive in India with the first European traders; first official condemnation of tobacco is made (by King James I); the Guy Fawkes gunpowder plot is foiled; Henry IV establishes a building code that sets architectural themes; sudden flood (possibly a tsunami) around the Bristol Channel in southwest Britain kills at least 2,000 people and becomes the worst natural disaster ever recorded in Britain; William Gilbert publishes ‘De Magnete’, one of the first significant scientific books published in England, describing the Earth’s magnetic field for the first time and initiating the beginning of modern geomagnetism; ‘Year of Three Popes’ (the last until 1978); the announcement of national bankruptcy in Spain causes Bank of Genoa to fail.

1683-1691: The first volume of Isaac Newton’s  “Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy” is published, inventing differential and integral calculus and stating Newton’s laws of motion which obliterate the Aristotelian concept of inertia; Newton declares that time is absolute… “It flows equably without relation to anything external.”; the first settlers from Germany to US leave aboard the ship ‘Concord’; Antonie van Leeuwenhoek reported the existence of bacteria; James II defeats James, the Duke of Monmouth, at the Battle of Sedgemoor, the last major battle to be fought on English soil; by revoking the Edict of Nantes, Louis XIV abrogated the religious liberties of the Huguenots and declares France entirely Catholic again; in Canada there was a shortage of currency and playing cards are assigned monetary values for use as money; clocks begin to be made with 2 hands for the first time; Quakers in Germantown, Pa., adopt the first formal antislavery resolution in America; William of Orange makes a triumphant march into London as James II flees in the “Glorious Revolution”; William_III_Landing_at_Brixham,_Torbay,_5_November_1688British Parliament adopts the Bill of Rights limiting the right of a king to govern without the consent of Parliament and so representing the end of the concept of divine right of kings; England’s Protestant King William III of Orange is victorious over his father-in-law, the Catholic King James II in Ireland, touching off three centuries of religious bloodshed; war between England and France leads them to use their native American allies as proxies; the first paper money in America was issued (the currency is used to pay soldiers fighting a war against Quebec); Iroquois take Montreal; Peter the Great became tsar of Russia; the clarinet is invented in Germany; Edmond Halley, Christopher Wren and Robert Hooke have a conversation in which Hooke later claims not only to have derived the inverse-square law, but also all the laws of planetary motion; the River Thames and two miles out to sea freezes; Peter the Great decrees the construction of the Great Siberian Road to China; planet Uranus is first sighted and recorded by John Flamsteed, who mistakenly catalogs it as the star 34 Tauri.

1767-1775: Industrial Revolution gets into full swing; tensions rise and peak with the lexington-180975_1920outbreak of the American Revolution; massive droughts in Bengal lead to the Bengal famine of 1770, in which ten million people die (a third of the population), the worst natural disaster in human history in terms of lives lost; the British East India Company increases its demands on the Bengali people to keep profits up; Moscow plague riot results from an outbreak of bubonic plague which kills 57,000; credit crisis of 1772 or the panic of 1772 (a peacetime financial crisis which originates in London and then spreads to other parts of Europe) forces banks to close and threatens the British East India Trading Company with bankruptcy; Los Angeles was born as El Pueblo de Nuestra de Los Angeles; Jeanne Baptiste Pointe de Sable settles what is now known as Chicago; boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania, the Mason-Dixon line, is agreed upon (the line, extended in 1784, came to be known as the dividing line between free-soil states and slave states); birth era of the modern circus by Philip Astley; stampede at a celebration of the newly wedded Marie Antoinette and Louis-Auguste in Paris kills more than a hundred people; volcano Mount Papandayan in West Java erupts and partially collapses, the debris avalanche killing several thousands; first US Chamber of Commerce forms; a group of English traders break away from Jonathan’s coffee house and move to a new building which becomes the forerunner of the London Stock Exchange; English House of Lords rules that authors do not have perpetual copyright; British Parliament passes the Tea Act, taxing all tea in the colonies; British troops taunted by a crowd of colonists fire on an unruly mob in Boston and kill five citizens in what comes to be known as the Boston Massacre; some 50-60 “Sons of Liberty” of revolutionary Samuel Adams disguised as Mohawks defy the tax on tea and board a British East India Tea Company ship, dumping 342 chests of British tea into the Boston Harbor in what became known as the Boston Tea Party; Rhode Island becomes the first colony to prohibit importation of slaves; first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica; Capt. James Cook charts the coasts of both the north and south islands of New Zealand and Australia; Cook discovers Great Barrier Reef by running into it; Cook becomes the first person to cross the Antarctic Circle; construction of Britain’s Kew Observatory is completed (it is an astronomical and terrestrial magnetic observatory); entire Ottoman fleet is defeated and destroyed by the Russians at the 3-day battle of Chesme on the Aegean Sea; in India a famine wipes out a third of the population of Bengal, hardening opinion against the British East India Company; Calcutta becomes the capital of British India; authorized King James Version of the Bible is published in England; invention of toothbrush by prisoner William Addis in Newgate Prison; a group of 79 underwriters establish the Society of Lloyd’s, Lloyd’s of London, at the Lloyd’s coffee shop; slavery is in effect outlawed in England; first naval attack of Revolutionary War takes place when residents of Providence, RI., storm the HMS Gaspee, burn it to the waterline and shoot the captain; Daniel Rutherford discovers nitrogen; shoelaces are invented in England; Joseph Priestley, a British chemist, recommends the use of a rubber to remove pencil marks; James Bruce discovers what he believes to be the source of the Nile; Paris Faculty of Medicine declares potatoes to be an edible food; potatoes-1585060_1920first public museum in America is established in Charleston, S.C.; large earthquake destroys so much of Antigua that the Spanish move away and build a new capital on a plateau 30 miles away that becomes Guatemala City; first sighting of the Orion nebula is made by William Herschel; conjunction of the Moon, Mercury, Venus and Jupiter in the same constellation spreads panic in Europe; Charles Messier discovers the Whirlpool Galaxy, an interacting, grand design spiral galaxy located at a distance of approximately 23 million light-years; Charles Messier publishes his catalogue of astronomical objects (Messier Objects) now known to include galaxies, star clusters, and nebulae; Kabul becomes the capital of Afghanistan; John Wilkinson invents his boring machine, considered by some to be the first machine tool; first recorded town cricket match is played at Horsham, England; America’s first insane asylum opens; Wolfgang von Kempelen develops a mechanical speaking machine, the world’s first speech synthesizer, James Hargreaves takes out a patent on his invention, the Spinning Jenny (a machine for spinning, drawing and twisting cotton); James Watt develops his steam engine, later to become a fundamental building block of the Industrial Revolution.

1850-1859: Panic of 1857 is the worlds first worldwide economic crisis (panic is sparked when a wooden-hulled steamship, the SS Central America, sinks while carrying 21 tons of gold from California to New York); court case in New York (Livingstone v Bank of New York) holds that a bank could not be deemed insolvent merely because, during a general panic, it could not redeem its notes; Charles Darwin publishes ‘The Origin of Species’; Benjamin Silliman fractionates petroleum by distillation for the first time; anti-slavery movements take root in America; Isaac Merritt Singer is granted a patent on his lockstitch sewing machine (he forms I.M. Singer & Co.); Henry Bessemer presents a paper titled “The Manufacture of Iron Without Fuel”and establishes the Bessemer Steel Works in Sheffield (his Bessemer conversion process revolutionizes the steel industry); English mathematician and physicist George Gabriel Stokes names and explains the phenomena of fluorescence; first attempt to lay a transatlantic telegraph cable fails; the first transatlantic cable is created, linking Newfoundland to Ireland, but it fails completely shortly after becoming operational; Gaston Plante invents the first lead-acid rechargeable battery; Japan is hit by three earthquakes (the 8.4 Ansei Tokai Quake, 6.9 Ansei Edo Quake and 8.4 Ansei Nankai Quake) resulting in tens of thousands of deaths and widespread destruction of infrastructure; San Salvador is destroyed by an earthquake; Nez Perce elders agree to sell most of their land to the US government but gold is soon discovered in the area and the US government calls for a new deal; San Francisco Mint opens; first California State Fair is held; first edition of The New York Times is published; the Lottery of the Golden Ingots in France (some 7 million tickets are sold for one franc each);torre-245996_1920 first of 17 ships arrive in SF from France following a lottery by Napoleon’s government which provided passage to some 3,000 for the gold rush; Australia’s first gold rush creates boomtowns; Herman Melville’s novel “Moby Dick” is published; Fruit of the Loom clothing is founded in Rhode Island as the B.B and R Knight Corporation; MassMutual Financial Group is begun in Massachusetts (in 2005 the company employed 27,000 people and managed assets of $350 billion); Western Union is founded as the New York and Mississippi Valley Printing Telegraph Co; first Chinese arrive in Hawaii; first edition of Peter Mark Roget’s Thesaurus is published; Charles Dickens authors his novels ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Bleak House’, ‘Little Dorrit’ and ‘Hard Times’; San Quentin State Prison opens; India’s first steam locomotive; massive architectural modernization of Paris begins which leaves the city paralyzed by debt but creates the landscape we know today; a third pandemic of bubonic plague breaks out in China, killing 12 million people and eventually spreading to every continent of the world; Yellow Fever kills over 9,000 people in New Orleans; first great disaster involving an ocean liner in the Atlantic occurs when the steamship Arctic sinks off the coast of Newfoundland with 300 people aboard; Pope Pius IX proclaims the dogma of the Immaculate Conception; Britain’s national meteorological office is founded; a mid-Victorian craze for household aquariums; Royal British Bank announces a suspension of business after eight directors of the bank are put on trial for conspiracy to defraud the public (and found guilty); Monaco opens its first casino; rabbits are let loose in Australia; Mendocino Indian Reservation is established in northern California; first Australian Parliament opens; Ottawa named the capital of Canada by Queen Victoria; London’s Big Ben bell, weighing over 13 tons, is cast at the Whitechapel Foundry in East London.

1934-1942: The Great Depression bites deep into the world economy; the Dust Bowl; 3550268287_114d4eb9a8_bmajor heat wave strikes North America; France shut down by millions of striking workers; Edward VIII abdication crisis; the ‘May Crisis’, the Munich Agreement declaration by Neville Chamberlain that “I have returned from Germany with peace for our time” followed by the immediate actual outbreak of WWII; Winston Churchill (considered one of the greatest orators of modern times) in his first address as Prime Minister tells the United Kingdom, “I have nothing to offer you but blood, toil, tears, and sweat”; food rationing begins in Great Britain; Parliament of the United Kingdom passes the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939, giving the government full control over all persons and property; Dunkirk evacuation; Battle of Britain after Nazi occupation of France; “The Hardest Day” in the Battle of Britain in which both sides lose more aircraft combined than at any other point during the campaign, without the Luftwaffe achieving dominance over RAF Fighter Command; Churchill says “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few”; bombing of Berlin begins in an all night RAF air raid; “Second Great Fire of London” (Luftwaffe carries out a massive incendiary bombing raid, starting 1,500 fires and many famous buildings, including the Guildhall, are either damaged or destroyed; demise of the League of Nations; rumor that Hitler is dead sweeps the United States as millions of CBS radio listeners hear the Führer cut off in mid-speech during a shortwave relay; attack on Pearl Harbor; Voice of America propaganda begins broadcasting; construction begins on the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, the largest in the United States during WWII; War Relocation Authority (WRA) becomes responsible for the internment of Americans of Japanese and, to a lesser extent, German and Italian descent, many of them legal citizens; Battle of Los Angeles (over 1,400 AA shells are fired at an unidentified, slow-moving object in the skies over Los Angeles for several hours, but nothing is downed, no wreckage is ever found and the official explanation is a weather balloon); Jewish Star of David is required wearing for all Jews in Nazi territory; Slipy_typu_Y-frontGerman Lorenz cipher machine operator sends a 4,000-character message twice, allowing British mathematician Bill Tutte to decipher the machine’s coding mechanism; Joseph Stalin’s ‘Great Purge’ or ‘Great Terror’ in the Soviet Union; worst coal dust explosion to date claims 1,549 lives in China; West China Famine (five million die); Tenzin Gyatso is proclaimed the tulku (rebirth) of the thirteenth Dalai Lama; Mahatma Gandhi begins a fast protesting against British rule in India; 1938 Yellow River flood (created by the Nationalist government in central China breaching embankments during the early stage of the Second Sino-Japanese War in an attempt to halt the rapid advance of Japanese forces) kills at least 400,000, cover and destroy thousands of square kilometers of farmland and shifts the mouth of the Yellow River hundreds of kilometers to the south; Great Hong Kong Typhoon kills an estimated 11,000 people; Hindenburg disaster; the Holocaust; death and concentration camps built; the Tsuyama massacre (Matsuo Toi kills 30 people in a village in Okayama, Japan in the world’s worst spree killing by an individual until 1982); Spanish Civil War; US National Archives and Records Administration is established; Volkswagen designed and created; first x-ray photo of entire body is made; Joseph Stalin, in his first address since German invasion, calls upon the Soviet people to carry out a “scorched earth” policy of resistance to the bitter end; Battle of Moscow begins as temperatures around Moscow drop to −12 °C and the Soviet Union launches ski troops for the first time against the freezing German forces near the city; Joseph Stalin opens the Moscow Metro to the public; US government opens a maximum security prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay and the first federal prisoners arrive; oil is discovered in Saudi Arabia; plan to construct oil pipelines under the English Channel between England and France is tested; US federal agents oversee the transfer of $1.5 million in gold from the San Francisco mint to the Denver mint (it was said to be the largest movement of treasure in the history of the world); Woodrow Wilson, the 28th US President, appears on a Gold certificate valued at $100,000, the largest note ever issued by the United States; Social Security Act becomes law as President Franklin Roosevelt signs the Social Security Bill; creation of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the United States; General Motors recognizes the United Automobile Workers union; minimum wage is established by law in the United States; U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is placed under the Federal Security Agency; YMCA Youth and Government program is founded; Coit Tower in Pioneer Park on Telegraph Hill opens to the public; Griffith Observatory opens in Los Angeles; historic Uptown Theater (Washington, D.C.) opens; construction of Hoover Dam is completed; Golden Gate Bridge connecting San Francisco and Marin County is opened to pedestrian traffic; LaGuardia Airport is dedicated and opens for business; dedication of Thomas Jefferson’s and Abraham Lincoln’s head at Mount Rushmore; ground breaking ceremonies are held for the Pentagon and construction begins; Niagara Bridge at Niagara Falls collapses due to an ice jam; 600 foot (180 m) long center span of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge (known as Galloping Gertie) collapses; Borley Rectory (“the most haunted house in England”) is destroyed by fire; Mao Tse-tung decides to abandon his base in Kiangsi due to attacks from Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalists and with his pregnant wife and about 30,000 Red Army troops, he sets out on the “Long March”; first pair of Jockey briefs goes on sale; first superhero to wear a skin-tight costume and mask, The Phantom, makes his first appearance; first appearance of Superman-52 (1)Superman; Batman makes his first appearance; first appearance of Captain America; first ever issue of ‘The Beano’ and ‘Dandy’ children’s comics are published; ‘The Wizard of Oz’ movie premieres; Orson Welles’ film Citizen Kane premieres; epic historical romance film ‘Gone with the Wind’ premieres; Walt Disney’s ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs’, the world’s first feature-length animated film, premieres; CBS television begins commercial operation; NBC television begins commercial operation; world’s first legal TV commercial (for watches) occurs; Billie Holiday records “Strange Fruit”, the first anti-lynching song; first World Science Fiction convention; John Steinbeck’s novel ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ is first published; Bertolt Brecht’s anti-war play ‘Mother Courage and Her Children’ receives its first theatrical production; Billy Butlin opens his first Butlins holiday camp; Knotts Berry Farm amusement park is conceived and built; Polaroid sunglasses and Ambre Solaire sunblock first marketed; first canned beer, “Krueger Cream Ale,” is sold; breakfast cereal Cheerios is introduced; very first McDonald’s restaurant opens in San Bernardino, California; Nylon stockings go on sale for the first time (almost 5 million pairs are bought in the US on day one); László Bíró patents the ballpoint pen; flag of the Netherlands is officially adopted; stress is first recognised as a medical condition; US Congress declares soil erosion “a national menace” in an act establishing the Soil Conservation Service in the Department of Agriculture; in Quetta, India (later Pakistan), a magnitude 7.5 earthquake kills some 50,000 people; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, suffers the worst flooding in its history; Crystal Palace is destroyed in a fire; seismologists Beno Gutenberg and Charles Francis Richter introduce the Richter scale; steam locomotive ‘Mallard’ sets the world speed record for steam by reaching 125.88 mph; Austrian physicist Erwin Schrodinger imagines the experiment known as ‘Schroedinger’s Cat’; Alan Turing submits his paper “On Computable Numbers” introducing the concept of the “Turing machine” (computers); Otto Hahn discovers the nuclear fission of uranium, the scientific and technological basis of nuclear power, which marks the beginning of the Atomic Age; atom-1222516_1920Plutonium is first synthesized in the laboratory; LSD is first synthesized by Albert Hofmann; Kirlian photography is invented; Germany-based BASF discovers how to make recording tape; Roy Plunkett discovers Teflon; William Hewlett and David Packard begin their Hewlett Packard Co; Hagia Sophia Byzantine cathedral is turned into a museum; the Tsukji fish market opens in Tokyo and grows to become the largest fish market in the world; Alcoholics Anonymous is founded; world’s first parking meters are installed in Oklahoma City; first live television coverage of a sports event in world history (Berlin Olympics 1936); first ascent of the Eiger north face; all persons born in Puerto Rico are declared U.S. citizens by birth; Valley of Geysers is discovered on the Kamchatka Peninsula.

2018-2026: See the themes below and apply them in context with modern issues and times but consider: the sudden arrival of robot labour; the impact of cryptocurrencies; oil, coal or gas shortages; future power sources emerging; genetic modification of food; economic cyberwarfare; nuclear war (sadly); completely synthetic food; radical economic changes; nervous and paranoid markets; extreme stock market instability; drought and famine; complicated and protracted conflicts over land, resources or territorial rights; major new commercial brands and franchises (which often look very trivial or undeveloped at the time); changes to landscapes (iconic buildings arrive or are destroyed, rivers shift their mouths hundreds of kilometers away); long standing ideas in science, society and art either arriving or being replaced; the unexpected causing something long thought to be an unchanging and reliable fact of life to radically change, hand in hand with strong and resourceful resistance to that change; false reports or multiple reports of different physical realities (false starts, such as the May Crisis that preceded WWII, seem to be a manifestation of Taurus slowness to get going, while completely fake reports of alternate realities – like the idea that ‘Hitler is dead!’ – fracture the picture of material happenings; financial conspiracies; major revolutions in audio technology (probably 3D sound systems); mutation in both nature and in the traditions of society; major new industrial and commercial structures or entities being built or formed along with new trade agreements; workers groups and revolutions which arise from poverty, war, famine, drought or need for other physical resources.

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THEMES

Some of the themes which we see emerging from these periods of history include major economic reforms and upsets including labour inventions and heavy financial crashes and the consequences that follow them; conflict over territorial rights and borders; physical land invasions by outsiders; significant technological advances in audio technology; the creation of major new laws of the land and/or borders; geographical mutations; advances in immunology and understanding the bacterial and viral causes and vectors of physical disease; completion, planning, collapse or onset of the construction of massive monuments, in the modern day especially connected with commerce and business while in the ancient world it is religious locations like Jerusalem; advances in understanding magnetism, especially geomagnetic forces; more extreme than normal floods, quakes, avalanches, droughts and other disasters which affect farming and food production and so bring famine as well; abdication, death, or exile of long standing monarchs or empire rulers; new trade agreements (remembering the Brexit negotiations which will come into effect in this period and the many complex and lengthy trade negotiations Britain will be forced into); slavery (yes it still exists and the world is due a wake-up call  with an estimated 40.3 million people forced into modern slavery each day of 2016); holocausts and genocides based on religious traditions, racial hatreds or both; inventions and technologies which end up driving the future of the business and corporate world; in arts and modern culture work which has a traditional but truly lasting appeal that somehow reinvents itself anew; convenience or “junk” foods (the food for the consumer or worker on the go); iconic figures with ridiculously extreme physical powers and abilities (Batman, Superman, Captain America, also see Bruce Lee in the notable figures section) and the presence of superhero figures in general; invention of new items which become so much a part of the fabric of our everyday lives that we find it hard to imagine a time without them later (often causing some kind of consumer craze or distorted market); inventions which change how we earn a living (before the Industrial Revolution of the 18th century 80% of the global population were busy in farming, compared to just 1% after) and so require new social contracts between labourers and industries/governments; food rationing; resource and energy rationing; new conservation efforts; workers unions and labour conditions in the news; strikes so widespread they can cripple nations; ultimately, any kind of radical event or change that is definitely not business as usual but is instead business as unusual, at times extremely. By the time this era closes, the world is always in a very, very different place than it was just seven years beforehand. Things that we have long taken for granted as the way things usually go turn out to no longer operate that way, and something fundamental about our life on Earth changes. These changes introduce themselves dramatically in this period but take decades or even centuries afterward to make their full consequences known, as befits the plodding but thorough nature of Taurus. One of the key things they confront us with is the question of value, specifically the value of life, especially human life but also animal and plant life. It’s a critical question for these times. Complex and polarized social debates will dance around this key question with few ever really naming it – this question is what unites the arrival of the atomic bomb and nuclear power, extreme disasters arising from drought and famine and poor care of the lands resources, revolutions which arise from extreme poverty or lack and concerns about income and wages, living conditions, health care and the memory of the Holocaust. Human life is not a commodity, and yet we have seemingly made it one. This is the heart of the conundrum.

To be born into such a period must be a strange thing just a little later when we realise that there was a world before the one we knew. For example, imagine being born in 1938 in London, as my mother was. She was too young to remember much of the bombing she experienced, but there must have come a time in her childhood around the age of about four in the early 1940s when she came to realise something about what was happening, and how unusual this time was. One of the first things that she learned about her world was that this was not how it was meant to be nor how it was in the recent past. Anxiety and insecurity are often at extreme levels during these periods because the fabric of life, the status quo which we have been so used to for so long, suddenly shatters and falls apart or is disrupted in such a way that it can never be the same again. We are left without anything to rely upon, or at least the sense of it, as things which were once perceived as common sense are suddenly ineffective, old, inadequate and too simplistic. However, the children born into these periods have not known any other kind of world and they can only look forward to a future which is shrouded by obscurity, since the unusual nature of the times informs very few adults about what is coming. The adults of these times are busy struggling to cope with the changes to their normal way of life and have more important problems to think about than the future, which is exceptionally murky anyway because no one alive has ever seen this kind of thing happening before.

So this focus on the present moment and on the simplest and most basic daily needs for survival – food, water, shelter, money – is often not just made out of necessities but out of an inability to reliably plan ahead because the radical changes to the status quo heralded by Uranus in Taurus make the future unknowable. This generates fear. Readers of last month’s message about Saturn in Capricorn will realise how closely this resonates with that influence and so understand that fear is one of the great enemies we face between now and the middle of the next decade (at least), but most especially between now and 2020, while Saturn is present in Capricorn. When Saturn enters Aquarius after 2020, the emphasis will shift more towards something radically changing in the way the world currently works, in other words stimulus will be added that shakes up ideas abut the future world we are moving into. It’s hard to ignore the current energy crisis looming in the world and not wonder if this will play a major role. I would like to think that new technologies will replace combustion technologies and oil, and many powerful and wealthy individuals are pouring resources into this area which seem likely to bear fruit over the next several years. Transition from oil would certainly be an extremely fitting manifestation of Uranus/Taurus energy. However new technologies, while they may provide solutions to some of our problems, cannot help us to answer the core questions these times pose, one of which, concerning the value of life, I have already identified.

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While they may not all realise it the people of this tribe are therefore seeking practical answers to this question of the value of life. They want to know not only what they (or any given thing) are worth, but what the meaning of that worth is. For these people, finding a secure and consistent and realistic sense of their own self-worth is an important gateway into the human collective awareness. They rapidly understand their own role in the human race by understanding both their own unique resources and the resources of the human species as a whole. Therefore, they will seek to find their own worth and their own value by asking others to value them and by assigning value to the contribution of others. If the human collective awareness were a bank, these people would be the currencies. They act as resource finders and evaluators, both to themselves and others. They are often also radically conservative and practical, eschewing waste and striving to get the most out of every drop, but they have financial and material fluctuations that make it difficult to hold onto anything they own for very long. Particularly if the value or meaning of a thing changes, a Uranus in Taurus person somehow ejects it. There is an inner dynamo in these people which in effect turns everything into a currency invested with meaning which they are continuously re-evaluating the worth of. This isn’t to say that they see everything with a price-tag on it or that they are perversely materialistic in some way, on the contrary it is to point out that they are specifically equipped as a people to evaluate the worth and value of things, especially material things. The most spiritual of them see all material things as the shared property of all human beings, in particular because all of these things are given to human beings by nature. Deep inside, these people understand that a loving and secure relationship with nature is not a possessive one but one of evaluating each parts contribution to life. In nomadic times, before we lived in settlements, these people helped guide the care of the lands they moved through, understanding its complex interactions and how to nurture and supply every part of it with what it needed so that it was secure place for all that lived there. In modern times, with the concept of landed property, the notion is instead that owning land brings security, and that is a notion that Uranus in Taurus people can become confusingly entangled with, seeking either to acquire as much as possible or to shun it all and live a life on the road, moving from territory to territory as needs demand, in a kind of rebellion against owning any of it.

The list of notable people with Uranus in Taurus provided at the end of this message supplies many clues as to the talents and predilections of individual members of the tribe. We see an array of painters, builders, comedians, composers, dancers, cartographers, architects, musicians (especially vocalists), orators, socialists, founders of empires (both geographical and corporate), reformers of traditions (religious, social, cultural and scientific), businessmen, bankers, industrialists and all kinds of people who make tangible and very material breakthroughs in our understanding or comprehension of the world. There is an immense power source here. There are genuine, real- life superheros in this gang.  Uranus is like a strike of lightning, while Taurus describes a creature with enormous physical presence and strength. Combining the two provides the power source that can make breakthroughs of these kinds. When this combination is operating there is a flash of intuition which reveals a new resource or a new opportunity to enhance one’s physical profile, and then tremendous effort and strength are poured into claiming that resource or opportunity. Sometimes, the flash of intuition pays off literally as you jump ahead of the game that all of your competitors are playing. At others, it lets you down. When you live your life by this kind of rhythm you become vulnerable to extremes of gain and loss, and so there are many members of this tribe who experience sudden changes in wealth and in security.

The notion of individual freedom (Uranus) is wrapped up in acquisition of physical security (Taurus) and so the tribe can be possessive in a variety of ways. More than some other tribes of Uranus, the Taurus tribe seeks financial but more importantly physical independence and autonomy. Without its own resources, savings and income, there is a tendency for these people to feel an extreme erosion of freedom until that erosion becomes unacceptable and there is a spontaneous reaction or outburst. Yet even when a sufficient degree of financial security is acquired either by fortune or hard work, these people will still tend to be restlessly unsatisfied with their material security. This is because there are deeper concerns underlying their need for material and physical security. We must not forget that Scorpio lies opposite Taurus, giving breath to all the complicated and messy emotions that Taurus does its best to avoid. The presence of the planet Uranus in Taurus, however, makes it so that the native is never allowed the luxury of completely avoiding these turbulent undercurrents. The emotions therefore have a cyclical habit of breaking through the surface of calm and serenity that Taurus tries to suppress them with, a habit that will be triggered by transits and progressions to Uranus in Taurus. This is also why things go ‘business as unusual’ at regular intervals as well, since the transformative undercurrents of Scorpio are intense enough to overwhelm even our own conscious intentions.

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On the positive side the tribe can look to gain much greater inspiration through practice rather than by any teacher or book. They are inspired by doing. Their innovation arrives through perspiration and their strengths cause humanity’s resources to come into focus and to multiply. Compared to other tribes of Uranus, for example Uranus in Gemini, this tribe is slow to adapt to change despite being born into radically changed times, or perhaps because of it. However, they are on a wavelength that allows them to grasp and communicate new practices and norms of society to the rest of us, so despite being reltively resistant to change they are often inspired to provide it and on the whole the rest of us should listen because Taurus is always sensible. There is a heightened environmental awareness, and in some people telepathic ability with specific or many rural beasts. The tribe also has members in its herd with an electromagnetic affinity for the plant world and many others with unique mental insights and gifts related to various physical matters, including the intelligence of rocks and minerals. They are sensitive to both the ecosystem and the landscape so if there is a lot of building work or construction going on around them, they experience it at a much more heightened level than is the norm. They may be more prone to effects which cause physical mutation than other tribes of Uranus are. I suspect that many of them are very physically sensitive to electromagnetic fields and other invisible energy fields. If there is a continuing sickness affecting the body like a drainage of energy, tiredness and sleepiness, inability to concentrate, headaches or some other persistent phenomena which does not respond to conventional therapy, it may be due to overexposure to electromagnetic fields. Since these are a relatively recent tool in human history and we are still yet to understand human biology to its fullest extent, it seems likely that there are unforeseen and unknown effects upon our own bio-electric field given the dramatic increase and changes in the atmosphere of the Earth which we have rapidly introduced. It may be that when the current incoming group of Uranus in Taurus have grown up, someone among them may point this out or provide evidence of its effects. Or they may come up with a solution, or a source of power for our devices which is very different.

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Some of the tribe’s more negative qualities are its illogical stubbornness and obstinate blocking and manipulating of others because it likes things the way they are or just because it can, its tendency to be close minded to anything that does not represent an opportunity for it to make material gain, its temptation to recklessly gamble security away, callousness and emotional coldness; a tendency for muscular spasms and other conditions affecting the strength and power or flexibility of the physical body, a tendency to deafness or hearing difficulties, a chaotic economic nature, inability to hold onto stability for very long, being bullish in unpredictable in often illogical ways, a reckless seeking of comforts and the material promise of luxurious security and strange sexual peccadillo’s, tending to involve the sensation of touch and/or bondage but any that provides a thrill for the skin or the more tangible and tactile senses like taste and smell.

The agenda of the tribe includes among other things, the question of the value of life and the process of integrating new visions of the future and radical changes into traditional conditions thought resistant to change (e.g., radically traditional religions, geopolitical ‘realities’, etc.), the agenda of setting up human institutions which facilitate these things and the task of creating a stable and sustainable relationship with nature and its resources while at the same time progressing technologically, the agenda of securing a society (Uranus) that provides for the basic needs (food, water, shelter) and comforts (health care, power, free time) of the common people (Taurus). All this and more is part of what stirs up the changes we are looking at in the next several years.

The greatest context for these changes will be found among the people in their early 80s who are having a Uranus return during the period of Uranus in Taurus because these people will have had a lifetime beginning from one iteration of the pattern to the current one in which they have been able to see all of the changes to society that have occurred in between. These people will have an insight into the nature of these times simply because they are born into similar times that speak of similar issues. For younger perspectives on their challenges the tribe can look to people of Uranus in Capricorn (1988-1995) or Uranus in Virgo (1961 to 1969). The younger tribe of Uranus in Capricorn help the tribe of Uranus in Taurus to bake in structure and give form to its inspirational use of its resources, while the Uranus in Virgo tribe helps the Taurus tribe by providing assistance in direct, practical ways that focus on rationing its resources and correcting any leaks in its storage tanks (by which I mean plugging up any flaws or holes in its plans). To both tribes Taurus is able to provide access to the resources needed to further the agendas of those tribes and to bring together the people and power necessary to make them happen. The Uranus in Taurus tribe can also find help from people born with Uranus in Pisces (2003-2010) or Uranus in Cancer (1948 to 1956). Both of these tribes help the Uranus in Taurus people overcome their obstinacy and lack of trust in emotions (emotions being chaotic and therefore something Taurus seeks to control). The emotional support these two tribes bring to Uranus in Taurus cannot really be overstated, because it’s these two groups that can help Uranus in Taurus stay healthy. The younger Pisces group keep their imaginations from becoming stuck by the multiple and chameleon like practical considerations they deal with, while the older Uranus in Cancer group provide protection and sanctuary, nourishment and sympathy, sentiment, sense of family, security and comradeship.

The same agenda is met by other tribes with resistance and opposition. Resistance towards the agenda of Uranus in Taurus comes mainly from people in the camps of Uranus in Aquarius (1995 -2003) or Uranus in Leo (1955-1962), while flat out opposition comes from Uranus in Scorpio (1974-1981). However, all three of these camps also provide vital motivation and energy for the Uranus in Taurus people who in turn have key things that each of these other camps need – the problem however is that such advantages will not come easily, without a struggle. Changes and compromises may have to be met more often than is the norm between such people, and it’s also worth pointing out that these three camps are not in any way in agreement over their resistance and opposition to what Uranus in Taurus represents, because they are themselves in disagreement with one another. For example, the Uranus in Scorpio people are very much concerned with among other things the penetration of technology into our private lives but for the people of Uranus in Taurus the answer is simple – keep your private life off-line, and don’t be so worried, relax…and then the person with Uranus in Aquarius chips in accusing the Uranus in Scorpio person of being a delusional paranoid conspiracy freak and the Uranus in Taurus of being out of date, which seems offensive to both the Taurus and Scorpio person, yet makes the Uranus in Leo person chuckle but then challenge the Aquarius person with several high profile celebrity stalker stories that prove there is a problem. They will probably not be able to agree what to do about it, anyway, but in the process of hacking it out together all 4 will find their opinions reshaped and (if it is an opinion worth defending and your opponents are any good) in fact strengthened by the attacks of the others, since many of its flaws will have been exposed to you and you will have some questions you need to think about. However, the Fixed nature of the challenges involved in the dynamic between these four tribes can sometimes be insoluble and in these cases impasse after impasse teaches that since no one will back down everyone will have to find a way to live together or fight it out until one is dominant.

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Uranus is always a puzzle filled with a mass of contradictions, but Uranus in Taurus is an especially odd bird, a curious astrological combination that requires some mind expansion to fully understand. On the one hand you have the planet Uranus which is characterised as rapid or sudden change, revolution, spontaneity, craving excitement, eccentric and not normal, weird. On the other hand you have Taurus which is slow and steady as she goes, maintains the status quo, resists change, craves calm and stability and predictability, and is not weird but instead a comfortable, placid, familiar and grounded creature. The basic mix of these two is volatile, they are in conflict and part of the difficulty of mixing volatile astrological formulas together, especially ones involving Uranus or Pluto, is that they can unleash something which obliterates the entire laboratory. There is a pressure here of immense proportions which eventually results in explosive release. So it is almost written into the soul of this astrological combination that there will be some kind of explosive release because Uranus and Taurus do not mix easily together. We are likely to see immense changes but also immense and stubborn resistance to those changes until there is some kind of catalyst or overflow and then the whole thing escapes our control and possibly takes control of our lives. There are times in human history when it feels like we are just along for the ride, when events seem to overtake our ability to control them and we have to sit them through, like in World War II, and this is what I think we are about to encounter again, possibly on multiple fronts. I am not saying World War III is dawning, I am saying that a world changing event of that magnitude – like the Industrial Revolution, like the American Revolution, the Danish invasion of England, Newtons Laws, Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’, the First Crusade and founding of Jerusalem, or the arrival of printed books and printing presses – is about to occur again, and the last time it unleashed nuclear and atomic energy, but it need not be war now. Whatever it is though, it will change our lives. There is still much we do not understand about how changes in human awareness globally affect global events, how quantum entangled all our mundane daily lives are with the great scale of life that extends into infinite material space, and so our fates are more our own to decide than not.

If we meditate upon this we may come to perceive that the opportunity of Uranus in Taurus is connected with setting the course, the future physical reality that we will begin manifesting for ourselves in which we will have to deal with specific material consequences in the future as a result. The arrival of Uranus in Taurus opens an esoteric or occult potential for completely new physical realities to begin manifesting. To put this another way, 84 years from now – in the 2100s – the world will still be dealing with and talking about the issues that come up in the next seven years. Therefore, the way in which the people of the Earth handle this oncoming change will determine much of the course of the rest of the century.

Notable Claimants [those in bold are with Sun, Moon or ascendant (with accurate time) in Taurus, and conjunct Uranus].

Anawrahta Minsaw (founder of Pagan Empire, father of Burmese nation); Al-Bakri (greatest geographer of the Muslim West); Baron Freidrich von Humboldt (naturalist and explorer who made the first isothermic and isobaric maps); Muhammad al-Idrisi (cartographer); John Ogilby (cartographer); Geoffrey of Monmouth (English chronicler who wrote that Merlin used magic to bring the stones of Stonehenge from Ireland); Chretien de Troyes (in the 12th century introduced Camelot into the Arthurian legend and placed Lancelot in the saga along with the quest for the Holy Grail); Francis of Assisi (founder of the Franciscan Order and first recorded person to bear the stigmata); Henry III (Holy Roman Emperor); Su Song (scientist and engineer); Dante Alighieri (Italian poet); Giotto (painter); Vincent van Gogh; Regiomontanus (Johannes Muller, astronomer and astrologer); Catherine I of Russia; Vladimir the Great (grand prince of Kievan Rus’); Ivan III (the Great); King Philip IV of Spain; William Wallace (Scottish knight who became one of the main leaders during the Wars of Scottish Independence); Mateo Realdo Colombo (Italian anatomist and discoverer of pulmonary circulation); Tecumseh (Native American Shawnee warrior and chief who became the primary leader of a large, multi-tribal confederacy); Charles I of England; Mary Stuart; William Lilly (astrologer); Claude Lorrain (painter); Rembrandt; Johann Sebastian Bach; Hildegard of Bingen (mystic writer and composer); John Gay (playwright, wrote the Beggars’ Opera which attacked the court of George II); Ramanujacharya (Hindu philosopher); Ram Mohan Roy (Hindu religious and social reformer who crusaded against social evils such as sati, polygamy, child marriage, caste system, infanticide and illiteracy etc.); John Harvey Kellogg (doctor, health reformer); Frank Winfield Woolworth (entrepreneur and the founder of F. W. Woolworth Company); George Dayton (businessman, founder of Target Corporation); Cecil Rhodes (businessman); George Berkeley (bishop and philosopher who argued that the things we see around us exist only as ideas); Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit (physicist and instrument maker); Benedetto Marcello (composer); Johann Adam Birkenstock (composer and sandal designer); Alexander Pope (poet who gave us ‘a little learning is dangerous thing’); John Quincy Adams (sixth president of the United States); Woodrow Wilson (28th President of the United States); Arthur Wellsley, Duke of Wellington “Iron Duke,” (defeated Napoleon at Waterloo and later became the British prime minister); Napoleon Bonaparte; William Wordsworth; Ludwig Von Beethoven; Johann Friedrich Schubert; Richard Trevithick (inventor of the steam locomotive); Johann Balthasar Neumann (architect); Antoni Gaudí (architect); Robert Owen (factory owner, socialist); Andrew Mellon (banker, philanthropist); Sir Walter Scott (novelist who wrote “Ivanhoe” and “Rob Roy,”); Alois Senefelder (inventor of lithography); Alexander Pope; George Bernard Shaw; Oscar Wilde; Arthur Rimbaud; Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Howqua (Chinese merchant, after the Opium Wars one of the richest men in the world); David Ricardo (economist and stockbroker who postulated that landlords become rich at the expense of society); Sigmund Frued; Antoine Henri Becquerel (physicist and the first person to discover evidence of radioactivity); Nikola Tesla (electrical engineer, inventor); André-Marie Ampère (physicist and mathematician who was one of the founders of the science of classical electromagnetism); Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (physicist who discovered energy quanta); Emile Berliner (inventor of the flat disc phonograph record and the Gramophone); Sydney Pollack (director); Joseph Conrad; the 12th Dalai Lama of Tibet; current and 14th Dalai Lama; Arthur Edward Waite (commonly known as A. E. Waite, poet and scholarly mystic who was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck); H.R. Giger; Brigitte Bardot; Donald Sutherland; Rudolph Nureyev; Bob Dylan; Brian Epstein; Ringo Starr; Tom Jones; Dusty Springfield; Tina Turner; Kenny Rogers; Ritchie Valens; Marvin Gaye; Leonard Cohen; Glen Campbell; Bill Wyman; Roy Orbison; Bobby Darin; Frank Zappa; Michael Parkinson; David Frost; Peter Cook; Dudley Moore; Natalie Wood; Ursula Andress; Lee Remick; Burt Reynolds; Dionne Warwick; Mary Tyler Moore; Jackie Collins; Jane Fonda; Lily Tomlin; Julie Andrews; Germaine Greer; Vanessa Redgrave; Luciano Pavarotti; Warren Beatty; Woody Allen; Al Pacino; Dennis Hopper; Christine Keeler; Brian Blessed; Jim Henson; George Carlin; George Takei; Robert Redford; Juan Carlos I of Spain; Jack Nicholson; Oliver Reed; Nancy Pelosi; John McCain; Saddam Hussein; Colin Powell; Ian Brady; Silvio Berlusconi; Pope Francis; Morgan Freeman; Patrick Stewart; Anthony Hopkins; Ridley Scott; Francis Ford Coppola; John Cleese; Sir Ian McKellan; Pele; Bruce Lee.

Looms of Time: Saturn in Capricorn

Hello, and welcome back to Journeys! After my short vacation last month I’m back to share with you some thoughts about Saturn in Capricorn, which recently dawned upon us again, and so this message is not just relevant for people born with this placement but for life in general for all of us until the end of 2020.

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In dealing with Saturn in Capricorn we are confronted immediately with a towering wall of fear – the texts from the ancient world (and many modern texts) are very clear that Saturn is not a happy planet and that when he is placed in Capricorn, a sign of rulership for him, his capacity to cause trouble is unfettered. Similar to Saturn in Scorpio this placement is not well reputed for its positive qualities. However, these positive qualities definitely exist – no astrological placement is without its virtues – but some are easier than others to acquire or involve dealing with what we deem to be hard facts of life. Yet we frequently observe in practice that those things which we strive the hardest to attain bring the greatest and most lasting satisfactions once certain goals are reached. This is the case with Saturn in Capricorn. It takes time and effort, but the reward is lasting and enduring.

Prominent among the fears that Saturn in Capricorn evokes is the fear of failure and the futility of mortal plans, for all efforts must eventually return to dust. Time and entropy never rest and ceaselessly wear away at all material constructs so that even the most titanic monuments must fall, and though this slow erosion of massive structures takes time to progress there is always a singular, dramatic moment in which the edifice topples and everyone scurries to escape the impact. This is the time watched over by Saturn in Capricorn, a time of judgment in which old rules and ways finally lose their last legs and crumble, making way for a new world order to take the stage under the following Saturn in Aquarius, which re-imagines the rules that will apply in the world for the next 25-30 years. It is also a time in which efforts that are sustainable in the long term or structures which have maintained a healthy profile and stayed current and relevant will be significantly empowered.

Here is the appearance of this pattern for 200 years centered on our current time, followed by an extensive list of historical events which occurred in these periods. This data is presented as a starting point for more serious and in depth research of its topics or as a guideline to the overall archetype we are talking about.

Saturn in Capricorn, 1900-2100

  • Jan 21 1900 – Jan 19 1903 (not including Jul 18 – Oct 17 1900)
  • Mar 15 1929 – Nov 20 1932 (not including May 5 – Nov 30 1929 or Feb 24 – Aug 13 1932)
  • Jan 5 1959 – Jan 3 1962
  • Feb 14 1988 – Feb 6 1991 (not including Jun 10 – Nov 12 1988)
  • Dec 20 2017 – Dec 17 2020 (not including Mar 22 – Jul 2 2020)
  • Jan 24 2047 – Jan 21 2050 (not including Jul 11 – Oct 22 2047)
  • Dec 3 2076 – Nov 27 2079 (not including Feb 28 – Aug 2 2079)

Below you will find an extensive list of historical facts which characterised these times:

1900-03: Cuba gains independence from the US; New Imperialism (aggressive acquisitions of overseas territories by Empire); the Wright Brothers prepare to take flight; France and England sign Entente Cordiale (bringing an end to a millennia of open conflict); United Kingdom and the United States sign a treaty for the building of a Central American shipping canal across Central America in Nicaragua; international arbitration court at The Hague is created; British Labour Party officially established; coal mine explosion in West Virginia, U.S.A. kills 50 miners; Scofield Mine disaster (an explosion of blasting powder in a coal mine in Scofield, Utah kills 200); 81 miners are killed in an accident at Universal Colliery South Wales; Rolling Mill Mine disaster in Johnstown, Pennsylvania kills 112 miners; 100 miners die in a pit explosion in Wollongong, Australia; J. P. Morgan buys mines and steel mills in the United States, marking the first billion dollar business deal; Anthracite Coal Strike begins in the United States; Berlin U-Bahn underground is opened; predecessor for Russian News Agency TASS officially founded; first Aswan Dam on the Nile completed; Botanist Hugo de Vries rediscovers Mendel’s Laws of Heredity; Gold Standard Act is ratified, placing the United States currency on the gold standard; Wizard_title_pageThe Wonderful Wizard of Oz is published in Chicago; the first zeppelin flight is carried out; Scott, Shackleton and Wilson reach the furthest southern point reached thus far by man, south of 82°S; Planck’s law discovered marking the birth of quantum physics; British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia federate as the Commonwealth of Australia; the first Australian Parliament opens; Australia’s Public Service created; Carnegie Institution is founded in Washington; London School of Economics opens; Circuit Court prevents Thomas Edison from having a monopoly on motion picture technology; first movie theater in the United States opens; the first million-selling recording (Enrico Caruso); Typhoid fever breaks out in a Seattle jail; the first great Texas oil gusher; Mount Pelée erupts twice, destroying two towns and killing over 31,000; Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom dies at age 81 after more than 63 years on the throne; fire burns through the Indiana business district causing $175,000 of damage; anti-Jewish rioting breaks out in Budapest; anti-Jesuit riots sweep across Spain; New York becomes the first U.S. state to require automobile license plates; Panic of 1901: The New York Stock Exchange crashes; first United Kingdom Fingerprint Bureau is established at Scotland Yard; the second-in-command of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang, Kid Curry Logan, is sentenced to 20 years hard labor; longest covered bridge in the world opens in New Brunswick Canada; the first claimed powered flight (by Gustave Whitehead); U.S. Vice President Theodore Roosevelt utters the famous phrase, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” at the Minnesota State Fair; Theodore Roosevelt becomes the first American President to ride in an automobile; 3639380183_2af371d669_bfirst teddy bear is produced; the body of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is exhumed and reinterred in concrete several feet thick; the British Royal Navy’s first submarine is launched; Alzheimers first diagnosed; the first trans-Atlantic radio signal; the first Nobel Prize ceremony is held in Stockholm; Nobel prizes for detecting and producing X Rays, the Zeeman effect concerned with light and magnetic fields (physics prizes), work showing that very dilute solutions follow mathematical laws that closely resemble the laws describing the behavior of gases, work on sugar and purine syntheses (chemistry prizes), serum therapy, work on malaria by which it was shown how it enters the organism (physiology or medicine prizes), poetic composition which gives evidence of lofty idealism, artistic perfection and a rare combination of the qualities of both heart and intellect, mastery of the art of historical writing (literature prizes); founding the International Committee of the Red Cross, being one of the main founders of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (peace prizes).

1929-32: Black Tuesday ends economic boom and brings Great Depression crushing the global economy (crash occurs with Saturn retrograde in late Sagittarius but its consequences are all under Saturn in Capricorn); DOW_Market_Crash_after_Black_TuesdaySoviet famine kills millions; Communism and fascism begin a rise in power; defeat of Labour Party in the UKs greatest ever electoral landslide; United States Department of Veterans Affairs established; Babe Ruth makes his famous called shot; the inaugural Monaco Grand Prix; first FIFA World Cup; The Star-Spangled Banner is adopted as the United States’ National anthem; the first time that a senatorial race, with continual tallies of the votes, is televised; Vatican Radio first broadcasts; Al Capone is sentenced to 11 years in prison for tax evasion; Federal Bureau of Prisons established in the US; Rikers Island jail is opened; plans to build Alcatraz get underway; the FBI Crime Lab officially opens; first Purple Heart is awarded; full autonomy for Catalonia for the first time during the late modern period; Getúlio Vargas establishes a dictatorship in Brazilian revolution; Ghandi is repeatedly imprisoned and released and goes on hunger strike; dedication of George Washington’s sculpted head is held at Mount Rushmore; California gets the go-ahead to build the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge; construction of the Empire State Building is completed; George Washington Bridge across the Hudson River is dedicated; building of the Hoover Dam is started on the Colorado River; San Francisco Opera House opens; Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is first published; radio drama The Shadow airs for the first time; Dick Tracy, the comic strip detective character, makes his debut appearance; 15694508911_30fc70b1e1_bSalvador Dalí’s The Persistence of Memory is put on display for the first time; Mickey Mouse comic strip makes its first appearance; cartoon character Betty Boop premieres; Warner Bros. release their first cartoon series called Looney Tunes; original film version of Dracula with Bela Lugosi is released in the United States; Buck Rogers in the 25th Century debuts on American radio (the first science fiction program on radio); radio and film mark the final death knell of vaudeville as a popular entertainment; millennialist Bible Student movement adopts the name Jehovah’s Witnesses; strict guidelines on the treatment of sex, crime, religion and violence in films begins with Hays Code; first frozen foods of Clarence Birdseye go on sale; Hostess Twinkies are invented; chocolate chip cookie is invented; automobile manufacturer Porsche is founded; the world’s first flight attendant (Nurse Ellen Church); Porsche_Carrera_GT_(2)conference of Anglican bishops approves the use of birth control in limited circumstances; Communist Party of Vietnam is established; Clyde Tombaugh confirms the existence of Pluto; Amy Johnson lands in Darwin, Australia, becoming the first woman to fly solo from England to Australia; Mount Merapi volcano in central Java erupts, destroying numerous villages and killing 1,300 people; China floods reach their peak in possibly the deadliest natural disaster yet recorded; Ernest Lawrence invents the cyclotron; deuterium is discovered; Joseph Stalin gives speech calling for rapid industrialization; Nobel prizes for ground-breaking work in the field of light scattering (physics prizes), researches into the constitution of haemin and chlorophyll and contributions to the invention and development of chemical high-pressure methods (chemistry prizes), discovery of human blood groups and discovery of the nature and mode of action of the respiratory enzyme (physiology or medicine prizes), vigorous and graphic art of description and ability to create, with wit and humour, new types of characters and for poetry (literature prizes); efforts to involve the churches not only in work for ecumenical unity, but also for world peace and social reform work and leading the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (peace prizes).

1959-62: Cold War gets underway; Construction of the Berlin Wall; Bay of Pigs invasion; Kennedy presidency; America commits heavily to Vietnam war and counterculture (hippie) revolution gets underway; 7051-33first large unit action of the Vietnam War takes place; United States Navy SEALs, elite special forces, are activated; waves of independence across Imperial Europes former colonies reshape world order; Cuban government of Fidel Castro is internationally recognised; Caves of Nerja are discovered in Spain; Motown Records is founded; European Court of Human Rights is established; Knox Mine Disaster in Pennsylvania; coal mine collapses at Holly Country, South Africa, killing 435 miners; mine explosion in Czechoslovakia leaves 108 dead; France tests its first atomic bomb; the first patent for a laser; Boeing 707 airliner begins service; NASA announces its selection of seven military pilots to become the first U.S. astronauts; Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin becomes the first human in space, orbiting the Earth once; Explorer 6 sends the first picture of Earth from orbit; the first underwater circumnavigation of the Earth; the first submarine ever to surface through the Arctic ice cap at the North Pole; the first ever photos of the far side of the Moon; Polaris missile is test-launched; the first weather satellite is launched; first CERN particle accelerator becomes operational in Geneva, Switzerland; the world’s first approved oral contraceptive pill; The Wizard of Oz is rerun on CBS only a year after its previous telecast, thus beginning the tradition of annual telecasts of the film; Wizard_of_Oz_Lobby_card_1939Domino’s Pizza is founded; Mattel’s Barbie doll debuts; first appearance of Astérix the Gaul; Joanne Woodward receives the first star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Harper Lee publishes her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, which later wins the Pulitzer Prize for the best American novel of 1960; chartered plane transporting musicians Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper with pilot Roger Peterson goes down in foggy conditions over Iowa, killing all four on board (“the day the music died”); Ben-Hur starring Charlton Heston is released; The Beatles form and begin playing Liverpool’s clubs; the first televised anime, Three Tales, debuts; Marx Brothers make their last television appearance; West Side Story is released; Catch-22 by Joseph Heller is published; first edition of Private Eye, the British satirical magazine, is published; British TV series Coronation Street premieres; Bonanza premieres (it is the first regularly scheduled TV program presented in color); classic anthology series The Twilight Zone premieres; animated sitcom The Flintstones premieres; Cassius Clay (later Muhammad Ali) wins his first professional boxing match; Tibetan uprising erupts in Lhasa – 14th Dalai Lama escapes to India; Hawaii granted statehood; the first section of the M1 Motorway opens in the UK; British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan makes the Winds of Change speech; Reserve Bank and Commonwealth Bank are created in Australia; Declaration of the Rights of the Child is adopted by the United Nations; 12 countries, including the United States and the Soviet Union, sign a landmark treaty that sets aside Antarctica as a scientific preserve and bans military activity on the continent; Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is founded; Aswan High Dam construction begins in Egypt; Aswan_Damdemocratic uprising in South Korea brings revolution; President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs the Civil Rights Act into law; the formation of the Central American Common Market; the farthing, a coin first minted in England in the 13th century, ceases to be legal tender; Supreme Court of the United States upholds a lower Federal Court ruling that the State of Louisiana’s racial segregation laws are unconstitutional and overturns them; Richard Nixon and John F. Kennedy make the first televised debate; Nazi criminal Adolf Eichmann captured, put on trial, convicted and executed; Joseph Stalin’s body is removed from the Lenin Mausoleum; Nobel prizes for the invention of the bubble chamber, pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for researches concerning the resonance absorption of gamma radiation (physics prizes), method to use carbon-14 for age determination in archaeology, geology, geophysics, and other branches of science and research on the carbon dioxide assimilation in plants (chemistry prizes), discovery of acquired immunological tolerance and discoveries of the physical mechanism of stimulation within the cochlea (physiology or medicine prizes), soaring flight and the evocative imagery of his poetry, which in a visionary fashion reflects the conditions of our time and for the epic force with which he has traced themes and depicted human destinies drawn from the history of his country (literature prizes); for being in the very forefront of the struggle against apartheid in South Africa and for strengthening the U.N. (peace prizes).

1988-91: Berlin wall falls; thousands storm the Stasi headquarters in East Berlin in an attempt to view their government records; Berlin_Wall,_Fort_HuachucaIron Curtain falls; Cold War gradually ends; dissolution of the status quo in the Soviet Union; Mikhail Gorbachev is elected as the first executive president of the Soviet Union; foundation of modern European Union; the idea of creating a physical barrier separating the Israeli and Palestinian populations is considered by then-prime minister Yitzhak Rabin; NATO agrees to talks with the Soviet Union on reducing the number of short-range nuclear weapons; Poland begins to liberalize its currency exchange in a move towards capitalism; Soviet Union issues its first Visa card; end of apartheid South Africa; unification of Yemen; breakup of Yugoslavia; Bank of Japan governors announce a major interest rate hike eventually leading to the peak and fall of the bubble economy; in London a man brandishing a knife robs a courier of bearer bonds worth £292 million (the second largest mugging to date); amid food riots and looting set off by inflation the Government of Argentina declares a nationwide state of siege; Colombia’s cocaine traffickers declare “total and absolute war” against the government and begin a series of bombings and arson attacks; Poll Tax riots in Britain (“Can’t Pay! Won’t Pay!”); Margaret Thatcher betrayed and toppled from power; John Major becomes the UK Prime Minister; Strangeways Prison riot (the longest prison riot in Britain’s history); construction of ADX Florence (a supermax prison in Colorado for male inmates); British police arrest 250 people for celebrating the summer solstice at Stonehenge; smoking is banned on all cross-country flights in the United States; first ban of smoking in bars in the US (and possibly the world); Nazi document implicates Kurt Waldheim in World War II deportations; Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North and Vice Admiral John Poindexter are indicted on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States; the notorious guard at the Treblinka extermination camp known as “Ivan the Terrible” is found guilty and sentenced to death (conviction was later overturned by Israeli Supreme Court); in what was the largest prison sentence to date Thai financial scammer Mae Chamoy Thipyaso and her accomplices are each sentenced to 141,078 years in prison; U.S. President Ronald Reagan signs a bill providing the death penalty for murderous drug traffickers; notorious drug baron José Gonzalo Rodríguez Gacha is killed by Colombian police; Elizabeth II strips jockey Lester Piggott of his OBE following his jailing for tax irregularities; Florida executes Ted Bundy by electric chair; The Satanic Verses controversy (Iran places a US $3-million bounty on the head of The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie); the largest FDIC assisted bank failure in history; a new British political party, the Liberal Democrats, is formed; Reagan gives his farewell speech and George H. W. Bush is sworn in as the 41st President of the United States; Kuwait_burn_oilfieldGulf War sees oil fields set alight; U.S. President George H. W. Bush bans the importation of certain guns deemed assault weapons into the United States; the world’s first legislation for civil union between same sex partners (in Denmark); homosexual acts between consenting adults are decriminalized in Western Australia; World Health Organization removes homosexuality from its list of diseases; Section 28 (outlawing promotion of homosexuality in schools) is passed as law by Parliament in the United Kingdom; first World AIDS Day is held; independent State of Palestine is proclaimed at the Palestinian National Council meeting; Hirohito dies and Akihito is enthroned as the 125th Emperor of Japan; the Soviet Union commits itself to withdrawal of its forces from Afghanistan; bloody Romanian revolution; Ayatollah Khomeini’s first funeral is aborted by officials after a large crowd storms the funeral procession nearly destroying Khomeini’s wooden coffin in order to get a last glimpse of his body (at one point Khomeini’s body almost falls to the ground as the crowd attempt to grab pieces of the death shroud); Burns’ Day storm kills 97 in northwestern Europe; Tbilisi massacre in Georgia; Halabja chemical attack is carried out; The Hillsborough disaster (a human crush at Hillsborough football stadium in Sheffield resulting in 96 fatalities and 766 injuries making this the worst disaster in British sporting history); Hajj stampede (stampede in a pedestrian tunnel leading to Mecca kills 1,426); the Tiananmen Square protests; Hurricane Hugo devastates the Caribbean and the southeastern United States causing at least 71 deaths and $8 billion in damage; 300,000 Siberian coal miners go on strike, demanding better living conditions and less bureaucracy; after 74 years Iceland ends its prohibition on beer; first McDonald’s restaurant in a country run by a Communist party opens; Microsoft releases Windows 2.1 and 3.0; Nintendo releases the Game Boy portable video game system; first Nintendo World Championships; Voyager 2 makes its closest approach to Neptune; NASA launches the unmanned Galileo orbiter on a mission to study the planet Jupiter; Hubble Space Telescope is launched; Pale Blue Dot photograph of Earth is sent back from the Voyager 1 probe after completing its primary mission from around 3.5 billion miles away; first of 24 Global Positioning System satellites is placed into orbit; Time Inc. and Warner Communications announce plans for a merger, forming Time Warner; earliest known portable digital camera sold in the United States;http-368146_1920 first known web page is written; Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World opens to the public; world’s first HDTV broadcasts commence in Japan; first commercial dial-up Internet connection in North America is made; Tim Berners-Lee produces the proposal document that will become the blueprint for the World Wide Web (this is the start of the WWW); genetic modification of adult human beings is tried for the first time in a gene tagging trial; the first case of successful somatic gene therapy; formal beginning of the Human Genome Project; The Last Emperor (directed by Bernardo Bertolucci) wins nine Oscars; television show Seinfeld premieres; satellite television service Sky Television plc is launched in Europe; Steve Jackson Games is raided by the U.S. Secret Service prompting the later formation of the Electronic Frontier Foundation; Roy Orbison dies of a heart attack; first anti-stalking law passes and goes into effect; the U.S. Supreme Court rules that police officers do not need a search warrant to search through discarded garbage; cyclone in Bangladesh leaves 5 million homeless and thousands dead; Exxon Valdez oil spill; twelve European Community nations agree to ban the production of all chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) by the end of the century; geomagnetic storm causes the collapse of the Hydro-Québec power grid (affecting 6 million people) and power outages in the NE United States and Sweden; introduces the Olduvai theory (about the statistical collapse of industrial civilization); International Trans-Antarctica Expedition, a group of six explorers from six nations, reaches the South Pole; the first dog sled crossing of Antarctica; Channel Tunnel workers from the United Kingdom and France meet 40 metres beneath the English Channel seabed; The_Leaning_Tower_of_Pisa_SBLeaning Tower of Pisa is closed to the public because of safety concerns; Joanne Rowling gets the idea for Harry Potter while on a train from Manchester to London Euston railway station and begins writing Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone; Nobel prizes for the invention of the separated oscillatory fields method and its use in the hydrogen maser and other atomic clocks and for the development of the ion trap technique (physics prizes), discovery of catalytic properties of RNA and for development of the theory and methodology of organic synthesis (chemistry prizes), discovery of the cellular origin of retroviral oncogenes and for discoveries concerning organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease (physiology or medicine prizes), a rich and intensive prose which with restrained compassion forms a challenging vision of man’s vulnerability and for impassioned writing with wide horizons, characterized by sensuous intelligence and humanistic integrity (literature prizes); for advocating peaceful solutions based upon tolerance and mutual respect in order to preserve the historical and cultural heritage of his people and taking a leading role in the peace process which today characterizes important parts of the international community (peace prizes) and finally for clarification of the probability theory foundations of econometrics and his analyses of simultaneous economic structures and for pioneering work in the theory of financial economics (economics).

2017-20: President Trump wants to build a wall between Mexico and the US; UN Security Council votes 15–0 in favor of additional sanctions on North Korea, including measures to slash the country’s petroleum imports by up to 90%; Guatemala, Honduras and Panama follow in the footsteps of the United States by announcing that they will also move their Israeli embassy to Jerusalem; North American cold wave takes place with record low temperatures gripping the Central and Eastern United States; NASA and NOAA report that 2017 was the hottest year on record globally without an El Niño and among the top three hottest years overall; Turkey invades northern Syria; violent protests continue across Iran against the government and supreme leader Ali Khamenei; Hawaii Emergency Management Agency sends a false alarm warning of an incoming ballistic missile attack, causing extreme widespread panic across the state; mezzanine floor collapses at the Indonesia Stock Exchange building; United States Government enters a Federal Government Shutdown as a result of a dispute over Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals; scientists in China report in the journal Cell the creation of the first monkey clones; Germany is outraged by human and animal testing in which the subjects inhaled motor exhaust in an attempt by Volkswagen to prove that it was not carcinogenic; launch of NASA’s InSight is scheduled (InSight is expected to land on Mars in November and use a drill to conduct geological science); going forwards there is the certainty of continued environmental collapse of the ecosystem (the Great Barrier Reef is perhaps omenously named at this time and is undergoing accelerated bleeching which is destroying it), possible re-organization of the UN or NATO or other power structures, the possible collapse of US hegemony and the petrodollar, possible collapse of EU, possible collapse of Russia, potential for China to reshape global power structure, the rich following Yuri Gagarin and beginning to fly through space or the upper atmosphere, the rise of cryptocurrencies and synthetic foods and other major economic disruptions are likely to prompt a complete re-design of world order by 2020, an historical shift that plays out through that decade.   

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Some of the recurring themes which we see threaded throughout these periods in recent history include major changes to the global political and social power structure, often prompted by extreme economic pressures; game changing events which clearly mark the passing of boundaries in history (no going back circumstances in which limitations are bridged, such as our steps into space and air); grim or doom-laden events which bring about a significant increase in fear and an authoritarian response; periods in history which signify the end of a long-standing era and its rules; advances in the ability of law enforcement institutions to gather intelligence which will lead to convictions (particularly in genetics); blood-draining atrocities and human acts which spread misery; the capture and punishing of elusive criminals and people who have long had it coming to them; conversely and equally, recognition and honour conferred on those whose work has been long and hard without enough reward; a highlight on significant periods and leaders in political history; economic recession or depression following long standing irresponsible practices (or a bust following a boom period); the emergence of iconic cartoon characters and other family oriented entertainments; events involving the welfare of children, often involving laws or horrific reports of bad treatment; news connected with important capitalist monuments; advances in the corporate lifestyle; the arrival of phenomena or works of art which have an enduring and timeless impact and legacy; also, the end of such phenomena or art (note that in the present iteration the original Star Wars characters and storylines are all bowing out, Game of Thrones is ending, the seemingly endless series of Marvel films are concluding their first phase and other long running media events are reaching climaxes); oil spills and coal disasters and events involving oil and underground things in general, like volcanic eruptions; environmental and man-made disasters involving high-pressure or crushing; environmental pressures needing to be acted upon; technological, legal and scientific breakthroughs and mergers which empower corporate and business empires; news connected with endeavors subterranean or made under extreme conditions; clampdowns and controls on practices which the status quo considers hazardous; the building of prisons and issues connected with conditions within prisons; building or crumbling of walls and dams; the establishment of authoritative law and order institutions; the removal or end of archetypal individuals and icons of power; dis-internment of the dead or naked exposure to mortality with the death of revered and timeless figures; important treaties or commitments signed for the long term and focus on political boundaries, borders and territorial claims.

This is not attributable to confirmation bias – the pattern is too robust to attribute to that and continues historically as far back as we have historical records, once every 28-30 years. Confirmation bias in astrology is often a problem that must be weeded out, especially with planets like Neptune which have very subtle effects that often represent an undertone, but with Saturn the cycle is very tight – 30 year blocks means that patterns show up 3 times a century and so a specific arc of patterns can be pinpointed, whereas with Neptune cycles the pattern appears only once every 2-3 centuries and is thus strongly contextualized by the social and technological progress made between iterations so that they are often not connected by a temporal sequence – e.g. “Cold War starts”, followed by “Cold War ends” – but instead they are connected by more nebulous means like archetypes. Additionally, Saturn as a planet is one that requires relatively little interpretation – compared to other planets the lessons and the essential meaning of Saturn is made clear and not nearly as mysterious at the time it is happening. I mean, come on – Cold War? Iron Curtain? Walls dividing governments and countries? For these reasons confirmation bias is less of a problem with Saturn – especially when in his rulership and thus unfettered – and the cycles are more practical to work with. To illustrate this further, Saturn in Capricorn brought about the following in the 19th century:

  • 1811-1814: Napoleon invades Russia, his army is reduced to a fraction of its strength, Napoleon is exiled, major shift in European politics, largest battle in Napoleonic wars claims at least 2 million lives. US declares war on Britain.
  • 1841-44: Two parts of Canada are united, Second Seminole war ends (“most costly” war of American Indian wars), First Opium War ends with Hong Kong being handed to Britain until 1997, founding of modern New Zealand, Rebellions across the world.
  • 1870-73: Franco-Prussian War results in the collapse of the Second French Empire and the formation of both the French Third Republic and the German Empire (greatly disturbing the balance of power that had been created with the Congress of Vienna after the end of the Napoleonic Wars).

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If you are at all familiar with astrology you will quickly understand that the fingerprints of both Saturn and Capricorn are all over these themes – boundaries, walls, borders, pressures, fears, coldness, economically hard times, ‘no going back’ moments, world order and the status quo rulebook are all some of the clear associations that we can name, and there are many more. The only themes in this list which may require some explanation are those connected with family entertainment like cartoons and events involving the welfare of children, but these immediately explain themselves when it is remembered that Capricorn is a parental sign focused on the family like its opposite sign Cancer, with which it shares many other qualities. It is a nurturing entity but an Earthy one, not a Watery one, its nurturing is therefore focused on our material and physical needs rather than our astral and emotional ones. Archetypal Capricorn is the Father of Humanity, where Cancer is its Mother. Capricorn is a material guardian of the human family, including its moral standards, and its insistence on laws and following certain rules establishes structure and stability and provides for our material needs in a predictable way, but it can become too strict in adhering to rules that work and so become incapable of seeing when they are old and tired and need to be revised. This revision becomes a forced act when Saturn is in Capricorn – what does not undergo restructuring will often perish if it has resisted change for too long. An iron bell tolls, time is up, and the house of cards collapses. This is often the most disastrous consequence of Saturn in Capricorn – a thing collapses because it was outdated and out of touch, leading to widespread consequences filled with burdens and misery if it was a macro system like a political or economic system, and a fall from grace if its a life story. However, its possible for a system (including an individual) to take note of the winds of change, rethink its future course, and make serious re-structuring efforts that strengthen it for the next three decades during this period. It’s not the early bird that will catch the worm here, it’s the well prepared, persistent and responsible one.

People born into this tribe (by being born during any of the periods listed above) have their lives powerfully shaped by turning points in history which end one era and begin another. It is not only present in their physical, astral and mental nature by virtue of being symbolically represented in their birth charts, but it is also triggered anew each time they have a Saturn return when Saturn returns to Capricorn. In other words, their Saturn returns are coincident with changes in the global power structure and the shape of the world order. Sometimes, individuals become the catalysts for that change and icons of historical periods as a result (not necessarily with Saturn in Capricorn in their natal charts, though). For this reason, people with Saturn in Capricorn have unique Saturn returns which involve the challenge of adapting to a restructuring of the global power structure coincident with their returns and this is one way the grand arc of their lives – the coming of age times when we transition between youth, adult and elder years – is characterized as being much more Saturnine than other Saturn returns. All of the people in the list at the end of this message who are still alive will be having a Saturn return sometime in the next three years, with many of them set to experience increases in pressure and responsibility and a period in which their past efforts will either be rewarded or have its failures exposed. All of them will experience some kind of realization in which they settle into the idea of being older and hopefully wiser and more mature. It becomes time, in fact for all Capricorn people and indeed all Capricorn keys to grow up, get older, and settle into a sober acceptance of realities.

The individuals of this tribe, especially the men, typically have an extreme seriousness and soberness to them and are often deemed to be ‘hard men’ with unemotional and often skeptical appearances, but this often creates a raw sex appeal based on composure and grit. The extensive list illustrates this fact with a virtual Who’s Who of tough, unmoved guys from film, art and politics. The women tend to have stronger bone structure and a classical beauty to them, and both sexes have a timelessness and a magic that frequently makes them look younger as they get older. They are ambitious, they struggle against something that hardly budges but when it does it makes a lasting impact, they are realists and often highly pragmatic, they tend to place a higher value on age and experience than is the norm and they seem to fall into two camps – those who promote tradition, family values and conservative values and those who push against authoritarian control, limitations on personal responsibility and freedoms and so kick against established forms of expression. This often has something to do with the way Saturn is configured in their charts, especially in terms of aspects. Either way, every member of this tribe looks like a survivor once you see them working up close, they are in things for the long haul, are highly committed and they often have a heaviness to them which communicates an innate understanding of strife and struggle.

Failure or disappointment are not destinies until we choose them, however. Saturn in Capricorn is not about removing choices completely, instead it is about learning to live with their consequences and not repeating mistakes which will lead to the same consequences. This tribe has to learn from history in order not to repeat it, and they are well equipped to be able to do that for both themselves and the collective awareness of humankind. They have a particular skill at drawing out the practical lessons from history and tradition and they are not shy at all of taking charge and accepting responsibility when someone has to do it. They are likely to do this not because they seek attention or status, but more because they feel they are the only one sober and sensible enough to do the job. In this way, Saturn in Capricorn can lumber itself with a huge number of responsibilities which end up burdening it and making it ineffective at executing its duties, which builds pressure and a feeling of great anxiety, even depression until some of the pressures are released. Slowly, over long periods of time, this tribe can grow weary of the weight it carries, repressed in the extreme (often sexually) or fearful of changing the rules or the way things are done, yet the long haul imparts a great deal of wisdom and if the co-operation with Saturn through time has been constructive then it must ultimately meet with recognition and some kind of status as something with a long lasting impact is materialized.

The troubling issues of Saturn – fear, restriction, limitation, inadequacy and social alienation for example – are often much more problematic in youth, before the first Saturn return, and can then begin bearing the fruits of Saturn – discipline, persistence, conservation, legacies, the support of authority for example – until finally leading to attainment and recognition of the hard work put in. So early life, particularly childhood, is often much more of a burden, with the person learning how to handle Saturn being the turning point at which things go more smoothly.

cave-1566205_1920A particularly complicated coming-of-age must be expected for everyone born in the Saturn in Capricorn period that fell between 1988 and 1991. All these people hover on the cusp of 30 years old. They also have Uranus and Neptune in early Capricorn, meaning that all three of these planets are conjoined in their natal astrology and that every time they have a Saturn return all three of those planets are activated by a super strong Saturn in its own sign. This is especially true for those born in the last quarter of 1988 and any time in 1989, as Saturn was closest to Uranus and Neptune in the zodiac in these periods. This particular group of individuals seem destined to have a significant role to play in world history, and in the next years we will have to watch closely how the youngest members of this tribe respond to their first Saturn return in order to decipher the extremely complicated astrology involved here. It’s worth noting that, as of this year, Uranus will also enter Taurus meaning that it will be in a trine to anything in early Capricorn and so it seems that the moment is dawning in which this group of Saturn in Capricorn individuals will instigate or witness a moment of great change. It may not come this year, as they will probably be busy dealing with Saturn return issues, but as the next several years unfold and Uranus proceeds through Taurus I imagine we will begin to see some kind of political or economic aspirations for a new system stirring in people who are in their early 30s, and one or two of them may have some suggestions that would truly shake things up. I also think it is likely that the group born in the late 80s and early 90s are among the first generation to immerse themselves in virtual reality phenomena, changing the way we spend daily life and even the appearance of the landscape, and so there is reason to suppose that it will make some kind of lasting impact on global culture in the next 5-6 years. They may also embrace physical genetic modification and enhancement or be the first generation to live largely from synthetic foods like lab grown meats. Many telling things about our long term future will be revealed in the signs and portents to come in the near future. Astrologers know this and are waiting to see how and what pans out, and most especially in the lives of those turning 30 now. The recent passage of Pluto through early Capricorn (2008-2011/12) provides one of the biggest clues to what this coming period is setting up. This connects it to the impacts of the global financial crisis of 2007-2008 and the subsequent bank rescues funded by tax payers. With Saturn in Capricorn the realities of this desperate action are likely to be materializing and sinking in, or more bailouts may be deemed necessary.

The strength of Saturn in Capricorn comes from its empowerment with the Magnetic Fluid which, coupled with the Earth Element of Capricorn, endows it with the ability to accrue matter into crystals and to cause structures to form. It has an astral power to draw streams of significance and effort together into a loom and to weave them into materialization over time. If you get up and do something every day at the same time without fail it will train in you, however you still need the astral power to be disciplined enough to do that, and you must choose realistic goals. Saturn in Capricorn struggles with heavy burdens but it has these qualities in impressive bundles. Discipline, persistence, patience, wisdom and sobriety guide its cloven footsteps up the rocky path. It also knows when to retreat and how to draw up strategy and plans, and one of its least talked about qualities is its attitude to boundaries and fences – goats are notorious for jumping over them, just as they are gifted with being able to spring across vast chasms and gaps on the mountain trail. Saturn in Capricorn literally presents chasms, dangerous abysses, boundaries and fences for the Capricorn within us to jump over in the pursuit of our goals and our autonomy. In this way the sign and planet combination slowly teaches us and especially its natal children how to master their fear or be imprisoned by it. Such obstacles need not be physical in nature and rarely are purely physical, however, they are more often astral because when it is present, fear controls our astral body, often directly and powerfully enough to take control of our physical actions – we run in terror, quake in panic, become paralyzed, lose control of bodily functions, etc. The point here is that the heart of the fears faced by Saturn in Capricorn are often not about being poor, destitute or old, which are definitely fears that move on the surface, instead they are really about deeper issues like the fear of being alone, or that life itself is simply a struggle that is entirely meaningless. These kinds of things represent the true abysses and chasms that must be leaped over. In essence, as I’ve said elsewhere, Capricorn is an Earth sign with a mysterious astral agenda, imparted by its ruler Saturn – to master and harness the astral realm, especially in respect of mastering fear. The mature, truly Saturnine goat looks time in the eye and gently smiles. I will return to this later.

Mountain_Goat_Mount_MassiveWith Saturn in Capricorn there are also two distinct and different forms of expression depending upon whether we are born during the day or during the night. If we are born during the day, especially if Saturn is above the horizon, then its principle becomes warmer and less brittle meaning that we become slightly more flexible and cheery, less bound to our own rulebooks and less inclined to bind others to them. Saturn in Capricorn during the night, however, especially when it is below the horizon, is bone freezingly cold and rigid and prone to excessive stoicism and skepticism, sometimes to misanthropy and a gloomy outlook on life that is difficult to shift. Think of Scrooge, created by Dickens who had a natal Saturn in Capricorn, and you get the picture. Scrooge is especially expressive of Saturn in Capricorn given that he is visited by three spirits of Time who show him the reality and the crushing error of his ways. However, this kind of Saturn also makes for the greatest architects and builders of the tribe, the souls who have the greatest power to wield the loom of time causing it to crystallize work and effort into concrete and lasting manifestations. Although a miser, Scrooge accumulated an impressive amount of stuff. He just had to learn what it was for, and that meant reviewing his past history, his karma, and facing his mortality and impending death. It’s a textbook narrative of Saturn in Capricorn and possibly its greatest expression in literature or even in art. Scrooge is clearly born in the night time with Saturn in Capricorn below the horizon.

Saturn is especially strong in the last part of Capricorn – the last 10° of the sign are his decan in the Triplicity sequence (sometimes called the Parasara or Vedic sequence of calculating the decans). Furthermore, his terms or bounds are located in the last 10° of the sign in both the Ptolemaic and Egyptian methods. In the Ptolemaic sequence of terms, Saturn is strong from 25° to 30°, while in the Egyptian sequence his terms are given as 22° to 26° of Capricorn. Either way he seems to be at the height of his power of rulership with dignity by rulership, decan and terms around 25° to 26° of Capricorn. In terms of the tribe of Saturn in Capricorn people, this roughly equates to those born in the last year of each Saturn in Capricorn period.

If you are born in any of the periods listed at the top of this article then all people in the same group are the people you grow up with, not just in your childhood but throughout your life, as whenever Saturn is in Capricorn he will be wizening each and every one of you, aging you at different stages of life but at the same time, you are maturing together with these people on the same wine rack, you are each pressed from the same kind of grape. This symmetry applies in other ways at other times too – when Saturn is in any other Earth sign (Taurus or Virgo) you are each given greater support in building, persisting, handling responsibility or any other Saturn issue; when Saturn is in any other Active sign (Aries, Cancer or Libra) there are challenges thrown down and your Saturn tribe runs a collective gauntlet, regardless of age; and so on. When you combine efforts with other people born into the same tribe of Saturn – in this case when you join with someone else with Saturn in Capricorn but perhaps also born in a different era – you can make great progress in almost any area of life if you are prepared to work hard together. This is extremely powerful magic once known only by the eldest amongst us but the wisdom is still available to all today.

For often generally smooth and easy-going long lasting alliances a Saturn in Capricorn tribe can look to members of Saturn in Taurus (most recently born in 1969-1972 and 1998-2001) and Saturn in Virgo (most recently born in 1977-1980 and 2007–2010) as well as Saturn in Scorpio (most recently born in 1982-1985 and 2012-2015) and Saturn in Pisces (most recently born in 1964-1967 and 1993-1996). They typically experience clashes with the tribes of Saturn in Aries (most recently born in 1967-1969 and 1996-1999), Saturn in Cancer (most recently born in 1973-1976 and 2003-2005) and Saturn in Libra (most recently born in 1980-1983 and 2009-2012). With the other Earth signs (Saturn in Taurus or Virgo) there is patience and hard work (Taurus) or problem solving ability and humble service and adherence to duty (Virgo) and with the two Water signs of Scorpio and Pisces there is arousal of the emotions, empathy and frequently a nudge towards magic and mysticism which keeps Capricorn from drying out and losing touch. To all of these easier to get along with groups Saturn in Capricorn gives staying power, an impressive plan and often vast resources. With the other Active or Cardinal signs there is a clash of methods and often also of motives and goals, a need to respectfully and gradually resolve differences. Push and counter-push is characteristics of Active dynamics, and so these combinations can be highly motivational rather than just disruptive.

So what do we make of Saturn in Capricorn? Answer: anything we are prepared to work long and hard for without seeing immediate fruit or gratification. This is an ambitious Saturn with plans for the long term future that involve scaling some metaphorical or tangible mountain path towards a summit of influence and mastery. It invites us to become more disciplined, grounded, mature, responsible, practical and practiced. It aims to leave a reasonably time-proof legacy of some kind both for itself and the material world. It is a Saturn that is ripe with the qualities it needs to rise to a position of great authority and leadership and to become known as an elder and a wise counselor on weighty and serious matters. In fact, it is an entire tribe of these people, so here we are talking not just about political leaders but directors and managers of all kinds. Many will be drawn to political, governmental or corporate ladders, but not all and it is the few rather than the many that will hear the true call of Saturn in Capricorn, as I shall explain.

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Financial stability may be centrally important for the future security it offers, for these people know that everything has its price and we must all contribute to the work of the world. Nothing worthwhile is built without the expenditure of time and effort. They will exert a strongly disciplined effort toward the fulfillment of obligations and responsibilities (which they take very seriously), but if they over develop their organizing ability it can lead to having too tight a control over things. There is innate fear of societal disapproval which stems from a deep need to be a reliable and dependable person. Government and politics, authority, structure, law and order are important concepts of this Saturn because it seeks to organize things and contain chaos with rules, regulations, and disciplines. Its tribe have a choice, like all forms of government, to reach either the heights of wise leadership by integrating moral or spiritual and earthly wisdom into a practical plan and therefore govern over things wisely, or to callously plunder the depths of materialism, control and imprisonment of freedom, probably to fall as the wings melt in the light of the Sun and they plunge from a lofty and lethal height. This tribe can use the resources, influence and finances they have in life to strengthen and support themselves and others, or it can become driven by ambition and materialism and other rigid attitudes, which will lead to its own discontent and perhaps a mighty downfall.

They need to learn to cultivate and tend to the implications of Saturn in Capricorn and in so doing there is little they cannot achieve with time. This means developing the wisdom of practical know-how, embracing slow and gradual lessons, accepting help from powerful figures without a sense of inadequacy when it is simply that they see our long term prospects and maturity better than we do and help us in avoiding taking on board too many unnecessary responsibilities or working out rigid and intractable fears that focus on taking responsibility, perpetual failure, crippling inadequacy, severe strictness, plodding slowness or the rigid following of rules and the presence of older or more authoritative figures. For this tribe a near absolute law is that there are never or very rarely any easy short cuts to get to where they want to be because the influence of time in ripening situations is inescapable and omnipresent.

It is vitally important that in deciding what to achieve in life long term they are clear that it is what will satisfy their ambitions and needs and not another person or force which they have deemed to be an authority. The problem that often arises with Saturn in Capricorn is one of wanting to please, impress or fulfill the expectations of some authority figure in our life, such as a stern and demanding father with lots of rules or the managing director of the company we work for, or the author of this journal…the point is that the tribe are incredibly sensitive to the expectations and demands placed on us by others – they only have to hear the magic words ‘it is your responsibility…’ and they already know it is probably right, they want to measure up and this opens them to the possibility that their goals are not their own but merely ways for them to feel that a duty is discharged or to be respected by certain people they need to impress and prove themselves to. This also applies not just to authority figures in their life but also to all the rules and laws of society and culture. They do not want to dismantle the way the world works or challenge the power of rulers or the rules of culture and ambition – they know what these things are in their bones and see changes to the game as a major disadvantage and a threat to the stability of their goals. They just want to follow the rules that promise a rise to the top, and so having the rules change seems unfair.

By becoming more shrewd and more cynical as they grow older they could become more callous, displaying a cold indifference to emotional pleas, but they could also mature the same way into a sage whose skepticism is like a staff of wisdom – doubtful of things that have little basis in known realities they can become the sagacious one whom others go to when in need of really useful and sensible advice. They could become known for their wisdom, the value of their hard earned experience and the practical usefulness of their sobering advice, or they could become the grumpy and grisly mean old man who lives next door and never smiles for anyone because life has become too serious, too weighty for such expressions of simple joy. The tribe avoid this cold and lonely destination by not completely losing sight of trust and the chance of something miraculous and wonderfully unexpected happening even as time teaches them again and again to err on the side of extreme caution and toward being more pessimistic to be realistic.

They should aspire to wisdom and patiently discipline their own immaturity and that of others. Acting like a real grown up – recognizing that we must be responsible for our own life and not looking around us for encouragement – are always good strategies but for this tribe it brings greater recognition and reward. They need to just get going and keep going, leaping over crevasses and carefully but nimbly navigating narrow ledges with the skill of a mountain goat. They should opt to take the long, high road and remember that wealth and influence are not the reasons they are here and so doing as time goes by, they will become sagely.

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I see two issues that are worth going into deeper here – one is that for these people the rule of Saturn involves understanding the inner reality of practicality. To put it simply, this Saturn is about realizing that the things that appear practical are not truly the kind of practicality the tribe are seeking. Saturn in Capricorn comes in with an advanced wisdom and understanding of what being enlightened means – it is not about sitting on a rock and contemplating the naval, at least not just that, it is about acting in the physical world, bringing the wisdom into reality by making it something we can make use of and gain practical benefits through. It is about constructing a significant form for spiritual laws to adhere to and manifest a material shape around, one that can stand the test of time. This is about the journey up the mountain rather than the summit itself. This is why this Saturn has no time for airy fairy, ‘New Age’ thinking – simply wishing or meditating our way into a better life or using a magic spell or ritual to get there will not work for us. It is not meant to and there is nothing to be done about it but work with it and take the long, scenic road to the top of the mountain, whatever it is, slowly, so we can enjoy the scenery and come to a really tangible and grounded experience of what it actually means in practice. So, point number one is that Saturn in Capricorn involves understanding the inner reality of practicality as a channel for truly enduring spiritual laws and for this purpose Saturn has cut off all the short cuts. The whole point of their incarnation is to put the spiritual laws into practice through long and hard work. They often start out not knowing what these laws are and may even go through life pouring scorn on them, but the agenda is still there.

This brings the understanding that the reality of genuine practicality is that it supports human civilisation and provides an ordered and dependable framework for it to adhere to. The stronger the bones of this framework are, the more solidly and wisely they are put together, the more powerful the muscle that it can support. The issue is that if we lack an awareness of the spiritual dimensions of life then we will make the mistake of thinking money, wealth, physical insurance and attaining influential positions are what will support us practically, and this is error. Therefore the degree of awareness we have of the spiritual laws which govern material laws is the degree to which we will truly be able to capitalize on this gift from Saturn. That is why those of Saturn in Capricorn who only want to climb the material ladders of life do not reach anywhere of real significance, why for them scaling those corporate and political towers without a spiritual awareness ends up feeling empty and oddly unfulfilling.

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The other issue worth exploring here is that, according to the operating manual and rulebook that Saturn keeps for us during these times and the tribe overall, we must achieve something that can outlast us. They feel it in their bones – they have to do something in life that makes them look back and feel that they have built something and climbed a mountain in some way. They (and we) need to do this partly because it is the only way we can feel content and respect ourselves, and also because there is a deep urge to do something that improves the world for people who are suffering and struggling through it. The tribe have to leave a legacy to pass the life test of this Saturn, – to look time in the eye and concentrate something of the vortex of it into reality – but Saturn is not clear as to what that should be. He simply challenges to leave something behind that outlasts mortality, and the choice of what that turns out to be is left up to us, but it should be wisely chosen.

This is a Saturn that truly calls its tribe to act in concert because what is being built by the incarnating individuals at the collective level spans generations. Saturn in Capricorn sees birth through individuals as a massive wave of karma and an awareness of the responsibility it takes to face up to and deal with the reality of time and mortality. Only by acting together over the long term can this tribe truly complete its mission. The core of that mission collectively at this point in time and space is to preserve and conserve the planet and its resources – it is an environmental tribe, but these are not activists, they are conformists who have to change the character of the power structures from within by rising to the top. If they want to see environmental change they should aspire to become the owners and managers of the corporations and the companies and the leaders of the institutions doing the damage and then proceed to order a change from the top down. The tribe has to leave a practical legacy behind it too; something that will last for centuries beyond its last breath is taken. This is no small order from Saturn, but the rewards are scaled appropriately and the scoring in this game may not be as straightforward as it seems. In many ways the outcome is not as significant as the effort is and so less focus on material results and more focus on the spiritual essence of the goal are required here too.

Therefore spiritual awareness is a critical factor in determining how much of the huge potential of this Saturn we can tap into and realise. A lack of this will just lead to crystallising our acumen in the wrong investment and eventually leave us feeling strangely alien from ourself, because deep down we know we came to practically pursue things that make a real difference and which embody timeless laws. Yet we have to stay away from just meditation and take a course that invests the wisdom gained from meditation in the problems of the mundane world, and we have to gradually train ourself to operate from within the framework of a long term perspective. The loom of time weaves beneath hands both serenely wise and industrious.

Below you will find a wall of noted characters with Saturn in Capricorn, with 5 emphasised as special case studies due to having Saturn in Capricorn conjunct a Sun, Moon or accurately timed ascendant in Capricorn.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry; Charles Dickens; Barbara Cartland; John Steinbeck; Henry Rollins; Laurence Fishburne; James Earl Jones (actor); Peter O’Toole; Roy Scheider; Ian Holm; James Dean; Edward Woodward; William Shatner; Leonard Nimoy; Robert Duvall; Sean Penn; Sean Bean; Clark Gable; Sean Connery (actor); Omar Sharif; Larry Hagman; Clint Eastwood; Steve McQueen; Jean-Claude Van Damme; Robert Wagner; Richard Harris; Gene Hackman; Neil Armstrong; Buzz Aldrin; Gary Cooper; Diego Maradona; Tallulah Bankhead; Zeppo Marx; Emperor Hirohito; Rupert Murdoch; Boris Yeltsin; Mikhail Gorbachev; Raul Castro; Desmond Tutu; Donald Rumsfeld; Rasputin; Ted Kennedy; Bob Hawke; Helmut Kohl; Kevin Spacey; Mike Pence; Barack Obama; Thomas E. Dewey; Charan Singh (‘champion of Indias peasants’); Harold Pinter; Fay Weldon; Louis Armstrong; Stephen Sondheim (musician); John Williams; Johnny Cash; Ed Sullivan; Jean-Luc Godard; Marie Antoinette; Marlene Dietrich; Bertrand Russell; Andy Warhol; Harvey Milk; Casey Kasem; George Gallup (the pollster); Rolf Harris; Walt Disney; Charles Lindberg (The Lone Eagle); King Saud of Saudi Arabia; Jim Jones; Gerry Anderson; May Von Sydow; Dan Rather; George Clooney; Kyle MacLachlan; Tim Roth; Andrew Sachs; Eddie Murphy; Simon Cowell; Sylvia Plath; Diana Dors; Audrey Hepburn; Tracey Ullman (actress); Angie Dickinson; Rosanna Arquette; Barbara Bain; Princess Margaret of the UK; Dian Fossey; Nichelle Nichols; Adele, Rihanna; Meg Ryan; Petula Clark; Sean Young; Elizabeth Taylor; Diana, Princess of Wales; Reinhold Ebertin (astrologer); Louis XVI of France; Olympia Dukakis; Joanne Woodward; Woody Harrelson; Darryl Hannah; Piper Laurie; Yulia Tymoshenko; Tilda Swinton; Forest Whitaker; Emma Thompson; Kenneth Brannah; David Duchovny; Antonio Banderas; Matthew Modine; Jeremy Clarkson; Eddie Murphy; Christopher Plumber; Nicholas Courtney; Robert Loggia; Colin Dexter; John Le Carre; Umberto Eco; Tom Wolfe; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; Sam Cooke; Colin Wilson; Robert Anton Wilson; Proust; Voltaire; Neil Postman; Bill Hicks; Glenn Gould; Magic Johnson; Luc Besson; Boy George; Michael J. Fox; Bono; The Edge; Michael Stipe; Michael Hutchence; Taylor Swift; Daniel Radcliffe; Emma Watson; Jennifer Laurence; Ricky Gervais; Erwin Schrodinger; Peter Jackson; Ben Hardy; Anton Yelchin.

Activations of 2017 (part 2)

Warm greetings, and welcome back to part 2 of our look into 2017. This time we look at Chiron, Saturn and Jupiter over the course of the next year.
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