I am finally venturing forth into the world of blogging! My intention in these posts is to share with you my daily practice of Archetypal Astrology. This is the practice of seeing the gods alive in the world through the lens of the astrological archetypes. There are three main forms of practice: what I call “Natal Chart Yoga,” “Transit Yoga,” and “World Transit Yoga,” which I also call “New York Times Yoga,” or “CNN Yoga.” By “yoga” I simply mean “spiritual practice,” and I am referring to the way in which the practice of astrology transforms consciousness. What before was a simple New York Times headline, through astrology, now becomes an entryway into a form of spiritual awareness.
I will share more thoughts on the essence of this discipline, which I learned from Richard Tarnas, in future blog posts, but for now I want to dive right into what’s grabbing my attention today.
For an archetypal astrologer like myself, yesterday’s story
of Bill Clinton negotiating for the release of the imprisoned journalists in North Korea is filled with the potential for exciting correlations. What are the alignments in the sky for all of us that would fit such a dramatic and positive story? What are Bill Clinton’s transits? What are the journalist’s transits? Whenever there is a powerful story like this that is charged with meaning and clear archetypal themes, it is a great opportunity for finding dramatic correlations.
I want to just share some brief thoughts here. We have two major collective “World Transits” that are happening right now that could not be any more different. First we are in the midst of what has been called a “Depression T-square” formation: the first time since the 1929-1932 period that there is a T-square of Saturn, Uranus and Pluto in the sky (operative from 2008-2011). Many pages could be written about this alignment, but it is an extremely dynamic/stressful formation and it has everything to do with the recent period of global economic crisis, and the sense that many of us have that we are in a period of collective birthing pains, where revolutionary forces are struggling to birth new structures, but are meeting the mass scale resistance of the forces of the old guard. This alignment can have a simultaneous quality of crisis and crisis-management (Saturn-Uranus), revolutionary upheaval (Uranus-Pluto), and deadly seriousness (Saturn-Pluto). We have seen these qualities recently in the unfolding dramas in Iran and Honduras, but they are also clearly evident in the escalation of tensions resulting from the nuclear tests in North Korea earlier this spring.
And so it is this T-square pattern that I would see as correlating with initial conviction of the journalists in North Korea. This alignment has a great potential for stories of harsh punishment (Saturn-Pluto) and crackdowns (Saturn-Uranus), and also the general quality of an escalation of global tensions and crisis. But it is the other major collective alignment, a once-in-thirteen-year Jupiter-Neptune conjunction (evident from the beginning of 2009 until early 2010), that fits the “happy ending” quality to the story.
Jupiter-Neptune is the archetype of spiritual redemption, restored faith, hope renewed, and I would say it relates to a potential for a kind of general faith in the positive forces at work in the cosmos. We saw it coming through clearly earlier this year in the successful emergency landing of the plane in the Hudson river. The archetype has a very noticeable quality of benign grace, and it is clearly evident in this happy story of two innocent women rescued from cruel punishment.
But the immediate question I had as an astrologer when I saw the story was “What are Clinton’s transits?”I was thinking to myself that the former president must really be loving this one: getting to play the rescuing hero on the global stage. The story is so dramatic that it has the potential for bringing a kind of collective forgiveness and redemption for his past sins. Before I looked up his chart I thought that he must have some powerful transit involving his Sun, as he is shining so brightly in the story, and the archetype of the hero is coming though so strongly. Indeed, when I saw the transit, it made perfect sense, Clinton is getting the once-in-a-lifetime transit of the collective Jupiter-Neptune conjunction (the “world transit” most relevant to this happy story) directly opposite his Sun (Jupiter and Neptune are also forming a transiting grand trine pattern with Clinton’s natal Jupiter trine Uranus–another fantastic transit). In recent months both Jupiter and Neptune have been sitting within one degree of his natal Sun, and thus this whole year for Clinton has the potential to be a kind of personal spiritual redemption. Just the Jupiter-Sun transit alone (a particularly powerful one, as Jupiter stationed exactly opposite his Sun) is the alignment for the “successful hero,” but with Neptune, it becomes much more poignant and there is this deeper potential for a kind of personal healing (as in the healing hug with Al Gore).
This is a classic case of a collective “world transit” lining up as a strong personal transit for one of the individuals involved in the story. This is the kind of thing that we see all the time, and it illustrates the artistic beauty that is at work in astrology.