Revolution is Abounding in Our Lives!

June 12, 2014

Happy Full Moon Night to All,

Uranus has reached the halfway point on its seven-year journey through Aries, so it’s a good time to look at what that combination has been creating in the world—and what we can look forward to more of. It’s good, very good. But first, let’s wrap up where that big, bad grand cardinal cross (GCC) I wrote about last time has left us.

What happened with all that spring-loaded tension in the sky? Lots of big earthquakes (6.0 or higher on the Richter scale) happened, encouraged by the extra gravitational effects of the four planets involved in the GCC, but fortunately only one was big (in Iquique, Chile). Noplace exploded in disaster, no wars began or flared up, and even the Ukraine situation has been remarkably contained. Maybe the world is becoming just a bit kinder and gentler, day by day.

But since then…..I’m sure you’ve been wondering what’s up with all the crazy “he acted alone” school shootings??? It seems like there has been one every day! Well, after two and a half months of retrograding, Mars turned direct on May 19th (meaning it has moved from a pose of internal frustration to one of external expression). Since then, large-scale violence has flared up in a few places—notably, Iraq—because Mars is still tensely opposing Uranus, in Libra and Aries respectively. This has been bringing up many people’s interpersonal angst, and  since Mars is still square to Pluto, there’s control issues and suppressed, volcanic emotionalism tossed in.

If that doesn’t sound like a calm situation, you’re right. It’s a recipe for tragedy in a gun-loaded culture.  For awhile, we can expect to see a few people relieving their tension by taking direct, aggressive action against their perceived enemies. This angst and tension should be easing off by mid-July—although early July is looking to be action-packed on many fronts.

It also bears mentioning that Pluto was going crazy last week (making nine contacts with other planets, i.e., almost all of them), so transformation of all kinds is everywhere, and difficult-to-swallow secrets are slipping out at every turn. These things have all been contributing to the stresses many of us have been feeling so acutely. It is not an easy thing to do to balance all this energy, but that’s what we should be trying to do as best we can. Balance leads to healthy expression, while wild swings create problems.

Remember that the planets reflect what is going on here on Earth, on both the outer and inner planes. Things that are happening in our lives and in the world are calling us to examine how we are participating in those events. What are we allowing or settling for? What are we contributing to actively?

Now back to Uranus and Aries and some much more positive news!

Uranus is in a fine place while it is in the sign of Aries (until spring 2018, passing  frenzies like GCC’s not withstanding). It heralds a courageous new future for the world, in many ways. It supports the unique, individual self coming forth from within each and every one of us. Aries wants to assert itself, and Uranus insists on marching to its own inner drumbeat. Everybody is feeling strong urges to come out of their (often self-imposed) closet-ed imprisonments.

Much progress has been made over the last three years, bringing issues of race and sex and gender discrimination to light and creating great and stirring public debate on these subjects. Think of how far we’ve come in the areas of acceptance of the LGBT community, and people seem remarkably less willing to tolerate racism and misogyny now than just a few years ago. It’s as if, at a planetary level, we’ve really had it with this crap! That is the courage of Aries forging the way for everyone to be free to express themselves in unique ways (Uranus).

Since it’s still part of that GCC formation, Uranus’ energy is not coming out easily these days. “Fits and starts” seems to apply right now, since it’s coming from an underlying tension of great magnitude, one that’s longing for the freedom of full and honest self-expression. This is what we’re all feeling.

Here are some good keywords (and keyphrases) to keep in mind for the next three years or so: individualism, sudden realizations, sweeping changes, restlessness, activities involving large groups of people, pioneering spirit, expression of genius, quick impulsive action, rebelliousness or a need to break free from limiting conditions, erratic behavior, technological inventions, and nervous system strain. And I would throw in “revolution.”

In general, Gil-Scott Heron was right; this revolution will not be televised. It’s a revolution of the heart, which I believe will win the day and the future. (It’s too boring to show people helping each other—where’s the drama in that?) I really like this video, dated though it is. It was ahead of its time and the basic idea applies well now:

It bears repeating that many people seem to be feeling pretty discombobulated lately. (Okay, all year.) We find ourselves at a confluence of sorts, in which new and old systems are flowing together and clashing—confusing everyone. We are developing new technologies at an extraordinary rate, and yet some older wisdom is actually coming back into view, as if to balance. So we’re looking in both directions at once, looking for something to hold onto against the roaring river as the waters rise. This is the nexus of change and it is very disorienting.

I encourage you to consider the words of my favorite Jackson Browne song,

                      For a Dancer:

“Perhaps a better world is drawing near

Just as easy it could all disappear

Along with whatever meaning you might have found

Don’t let the uncertainty turn you around

Go and make a joyful sound.”


Here’s the whole song, though not via a special video:

May you contribute to Peace on and in Earth, Rich

by Rich Moser, Transcendental Astrology



The Venus Transit [originally sent out early 2012]

Greetings Everyone,

It’s the last time you’ll be around for one of these. It only happens twice every 100 to 130 years, always eight years apart. It is a remarkable planetary dance of the rarest type, and it’s sandwiched in between last month’s Solar Eclipse and this month’s lunar eclipse, to boot! It’s called a “transit of Venus,” and the last half of the latest pair will be happening Tuesday June 5th, from about 4:00 pm til 9:00 pm (PDT).

Venus will appear to move directly across the front of the Sun, as seen from Earth. Unlike an eclipse, it’s not really something you can see with the naked eye, so here is a nice little four minute video that shows you what will happen:

Venus passes by the Sun about twice a year. Normally though, it‘s at a different angle to the Earth and it does not pass within the height of the Sun’s disk, so it appears to pass either above or below the Sun. In these times, the Sun’s brightness blocks it out in daylight.

It’s so rare an event that astrologers have precious little experience to rely on in trying to interpret it, but there are some interesting clues. Every pair of Venus transits over a period of 4000 years (including this year’s) has occurred in Sagittarius and Gemini, which are signs that govern communication and exploration. It’s said that Venus transits mark breakthroughs in communications, revolutions of understanding, and shifts in consciousness.

For instance, in the eight years between the Venus transits of the 16th century, Magellan began the first circumnavigation of the globe and Cortez encountered the Aztec culture; just the year before, the Protestant reformation began. During the 17th century’s transits, Descartes published his ideas that led to the reductionist view of thought that dominates our western culture even today. These are revolutionary ideas and explorations that changed history drastically.

The transits of Venus connect with the ancient Mayan and Aztec cultures’ beliefs about one of their primary gods, Kukulcan or Quetzalcoatl, respectively. The Mayans believed that a Venus transit was a key timing “trigger” in history. The later Aztecs believed that Quetzalcoatl would return when a Venus transit occurred. But the very next year, they got the Conquistadores instead.

Venus’ orbital patterns connect in such a way that between its transits, its path of motion with respect to the Earth traces out quite a harmonious geometric pattern. It is based on the famous mathematical ratio 1.6 (8 years, 5 cycles), known as the “Divine Proportion:”

What will happen now, or is happening now, since the first half of this Venus transit happened in 2004? How about internet-based social media for one? What else have you seen, and what might happen in the rest of this 2012 year? Keep all this in mind as we move forward into this critical transitional time in our human history.

A primary interpretation of Mayan prophecy states that a new consciousness will be born on the occasion of 2012’s Venus transit. (Can you think of a better time to meditate for enlightenment, or envision a better future for our planet and its life?)

More on 2012 to come.

Peace, Rich

The 13th Sign [originally sent out April 2012]

Good Day Everyone,

And happy full moon.

You may have noticed that Astrology hit the national media this week; it was just a short filler-type article, but it generated plenty of buzz all over the place. In line with the idea that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity,” I’m going to take it as a chance to educate and enlighten.

It was reported that there is now a 13th zodiac sign and that all the dates have been changed for each sign. This is not true; your sign did not change. Apparently, when an astronomer was being interviewed recently about something called the precession of the equinoxes, he noted that some years ago astronomers had decided to change the zodiac so that it fit the current sky more perfectly. This story was widely reported a few years back, but with the rise of the internet and social media it got a whole lot more notice this time around.

The astronomers hadn’t consulted with the astrologers before they made that change. But that’s not surprising, considering that nearly all astronomers don’t believe in astrology, simply on the basis that they can’t measure it. Unfortunately, in the scientific community, unmeasurability tends to preclude the possibility that something might be true. I believe that one day we will find a way to measure the effects that astrologers have seen for millennia, and that science can then be reunited with what is now considered spiritual or the occult. (Occult literally means “hidden.”)

The reason the astronomers added a 13th sign is that there is a fairly large constellation that appears to bridge the gap between two of the others. They didn’t like the gap that they saw. If you look at any star chart of the constellations, you’ll see that they’re all different sizes and some take up a lot more of the sky than others. Yet the zodiac signs have always been equal in length, because they were simply named for a constellation that happened to take up a big part of that piece of the sky; the zodiac signs were not named after the constellations. Astronomers are simply taking things literally, seeking to fill in a gap that made no sense to them.

The twelve signs of the zodiac were created thousands of years ago, when the sky looked different. Over great periods of time, the precession of the equinoxes causes them to change position with respect to the Earth’s orientation. This is a long-known and indisputable fact. But the astronomers don’t understand that it’s not the constellations that create the effects we observe in astrology. Rather, it is a part of the sky—as divided into twelve equal pieces—and anchored to the Earth’s seasons. Two thousand years ago, when the zodiac signs were given their present names, they were about thirty degrees away from the constellations that bear their names today. (A constellation is just some stars that reminded someone of a picture when they connected them in their minds, and nothing more.) Two thousand years from now, they will all be about thirty degrees farther along, and in 26,000 years they will have returned to where they are now.

(But this is all just talking about the northern hemisphere; the constellations are different south of the equator. In fact, you can’t see most of our northern stars from Australia, but the zodiac signs are the same down under as they are here, because they are connected to the seasons not the constellations. They were simply named after how the sky looked 2000 years ago, and the naming was done in the northern hemisphere.)

There is, however, another way in which your sign actually might be different than the one you have grown to associate with your birthday. There is a tradition developed in ancient India—when the sky was different—called Vedic astrology. It is a different system with a different focus than Western astrology, and it is very useful in many ways. But they still use the old sky to determine the dates, so the first ten days or so of each sign are considered to be still in the previous sign. So someone born in the first several days of Gemini here is considered to be a Vedic Taurus. Just to be clear, Vedic uses the same twelve signs that we do today, not the thirteen of the recent astronomers.

The bottom line for you is that no one’s sign has changed. None of your planets or house positions has changed. What has changed is the power of the internet to amplify the media. Someone in the media apparently didn’t know that the same facts had been widely reported a few years ago, and apparently it was a slow news day, so the old news story got put onto all the major media outlets as if it was new. It went viral because of our new hyper-connectedness, and a whole lot of people heard about the story for the first time. It was a media distortion based on misunderstanding. It’s now easier to spread information far and wide in very little time, easier than it ever has been before. Let us all keep in mind that rumors can be spread just as well as any fact, so beware. Traditional journalists normally double-checked their facts before publishing something, because their reputations were on the line. Apparently, accuracy has now taken a backseat to entertainment, and many people who comment on the news are only doing so to keep the pot stirred up—thereby to keep their audience stirred up, excited. Good or bad, excitement sells.

(If you’d like to find out what your rising or Moon signs are, or what it all means, please contact me.)

Have a great year ahead—Rich

P.S., A few years ago a similar thing happened regarding the re-designation of Pluto. Pluto still does what it always has, but a small majority of astronomers decided it was too small to be called a planet and changed its title. Many other astronomers disagreed but were out-voted, an example that in science not everything is clear cut either.