Art Stars 2

Between March and July of 2007 the skies will be active, with a focus on Saturn, Neptune, Jupiter and Uranus, and will affect all signs of the zodiac considerably. A powerful conflict between Saturn and Neptune will particularly shape the fixed signs (namely Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) by revealing something that has been neglected in the process of over-emphasizing another area of life. We must look back at March to see how these actions play out until July. Another continuing struggle, equally active but less commanding, will occur between Uranus in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius having the most powerful effect of animating those born under the mutable signs (Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces) with unique visions and broad-minded innovations. Also, a positive aspect between Jupiter and Saturn brings a rewarding compromise or recognition to the fire signs (Aries, Leo and Sagittarius). Those cardinal signs (Cancer, Libra, and Capricorn) will not be left out from these movements, but will have more manageable challenges with the movement of Venus where there could be potentially active romances and creative bursts. Everyone will witness a time of great fruition between the spring and summer where a kind of revelation will be had on both the world sphere and in our own lives dependent on each individual birth horoscope.


Throughout the next four months, the red hot Saturn-Neptune opposition will be felt as a kink in the neck of the public. Saturn’s conservatism, restraint, and systems of authority currently focused in the throne of the zodiac, Leo, naturally oppose the Neptunian principles of idealism, faith and transcendence in Aquarius, the public or the whole of humanity. The important relationship between the two large but distant bodies has been highlighted twice now since the summer of 2006, and will once again become a major weight on our shoulders in July, making it arguably the most important and influential planetary motions of the past year. The weight I am speaking of comes from a collective one-sided focus which has led either way to a kind of emotional dissatisfaction and burden. Now the relationship between the planets has gone from a period of initial action to that of a flowering visibility of consequences. Although thought patterns differ from person to person, world events and personal dramas will force us all in some way to face up to the awareness that we’ve become disconnected from our inspiration, and we now feel a deflated meaninglessness in our lives. This is stimulation for all those artists who feel as though they have been in a slump or have had little opportunity to find a kind of nich. You will be given a ripe time for grounding your visions into a more concrete form of expression. Although everyone will feel the effect of this opposition, the fixed signs will be hit the hardest. Those of you who have the Sun in Leo will experience this continued challenge as a test against your need for authority from another person or group who claims that you are “stuck” or have stagnated. The pain goes straight to your ego. The Aquarius natives will be forced to come to grips with the realities of their creative or love lives by a figure of authority… or by their fathers. Taurus and Scorpio will have the unfortunate challenge of being caught in between two drives that threaten to break your bones in the rat race, binge drink or go back to your childhood religion for some kind of answer.

As for the bigger picture, this opposition should positively fuel a cry for political action among the public, where the seemingly absent voices of a counterculture will continually seek to claim a place amid the overall environment of apathy, and where powerful media figures try to convince themselves and everyone else of their generosity and responsibility beyond the pleasures of their wealth. A great example of how this opposition works is to look to the past. The last opposition between the two planets occurred in 1970: the year the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty was signed, and the year 100,000 people gathered to protest the Vietnam War in Washington. In our current situation, looking back to the year 1989 when the relationship between Saturn and Neptune began, the history books reveal a specific theme of world tension. At that time the Tiananmen Square protest and massacre and the fall of the Berlin wall brought a cry for freedom and democracy, while President George H.W. Bush began selling arms to Pakistan. So the real question in the world sphere at this point is how far we have come since then (and this is a question that I myself have a difficult time answering). In any case, each person will be called on in some area of his/her life to move over from their side of the bed to balance “reality” and social structures with a kind of dream for the future. By July when the final peak in this full-moon phase between the two planets’ 36-year transit occurs, we should in some way be able to have realized this opposition between a pessimistic concrete reality and the idealistic belief in endless unseen possibilities and made some effort to compromise the two.

The skies appear to be collaborating to draw attention to various aspects of our thematic discontent by activating both Saturn and Neptune in aspects with smaller planets. Just as Saturn begins to temporarily draw away in a retrograde motion from its point of contention with Neptune from early March until mid-April, Mercury will begin to move forward after the nearly month-long retrograde over the late degrees of Aquarius and early Pisces. This means that while we have reflected much on our idealism and our social responsibilities during the month of February, we will now have the mental energy and the understanding to improve and work on the issues in this particular area of our lives. Those born under Pisces who are having a difficult time remembering or communicating can relax a little. Their powers will be restored, and they will find that lost photograph or get back in touch with long-lost collaborators or instructors. Nearer to the end of the month, Mars follows Mercury’s lead from earlier in the month, opposing Saturn and conjoining with Neptune to bring the opposition between the two large planets back into focus. Venus stimulates action for those born in the fixed signs (Taurus, Leo, Scorpio and Aquarius) toward further enforcing dreams and ideals against the stifling doctrines of authority figures.

At the same time, Venus enters a loose but positively charged love triangle with Jupiter and Saturn, igniting Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius once again. This will also break the tension, where Saturn’s discipline can be harnessed for creative purposes in line with the spirit. We can expand through taking leadership and action and develop a kind of compassion and understanding for broader ideas or people who live in different or distant parts of the world. In mid- to late March, the same aspect between Jupiter and Saturn particularly affects Aries and consequently brings a certain beneficial circumstance, luck, or position of authority for those who are endowed with the Sun or other major planetary clusters in that sign. When Venus enters its familiar sign of Taurus in mid-March and up until the end of April, everyone will be graced with a sensual period of productivity in the tactile arts of painting and sculpture. This month Venus makes a sextile (60 degree angle) to Cancer after a period of challenge and disruption, and now allows a kind of simple ease in affairs of the heart. Those with the Sun in Pisces also experience a sunny day at this time, while Virgo and Capricorn enjoy a great facility or opportunity in the physical realm and are rewarded for their efforts. At this point, Scorpio may find a love or may be challenged in the field of the arts, and Libra will meet with a beautiful gift given by another person or will meet a muse.

April and May will witness a trade of places between Jupiter and Saturn: as one planet begins to move backward the other starts moving ahead. This is in preparation for another harmonious aspect in mid- to late May when the two pair up in their continuing dance of compromise between expansion and conservatism. Jupiter has a strong positive effect on Aries and Leo, bringing renewed harmony amid the burden of decision making in business and artistic affairs. Internal challenges for those born under the mutable signs of Gemini, Pisces and Virgo cause difficulties in travel and in expanding on studies or big ideas. As Jupiter goes retrograde it prepares to make another aspect to Saturn and to Uranus next month while doing the moonwalk again, making a happy and productive week for Gemini, Virgo, and Pisces while activating Aries, Leo, Sagittarius and keeping them on their toes when dealing with authority figures and rabble-rousers. Those who have had a good week should not get lazy, however, as Mars enters Pisces only a week or so later and poses a challenge to Gemini and Sagittarius. The other watery characters of Cancer and Scorpio may finally have the energy they need to get major projects done or to begin working on something new.

In early May, Venus in Gemini makes a trine (120 degree angle) to Neptune in Aquarius and the muse of beautiful and original ideas and forms of communication becomes manifested in the writing and music of the creative Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius. Some fanciful dream could be translated into sound or a synaesthetic composition. The continued relationship between Saturn and Jupiter rises to importance as they make contact on May 6 and force those with the sun or other important planets in Sagittarius and Leo into a compromise of boundaries. Also look out for the back-and-forth jousting battle between Uranus in Pisces and Jupiter in Sagittarius, which comes to a head with another 90 degree aspect between May 11 and 12. The after-effects of this aspect will linger until June and will bring unexpected transcendental experiences to those mutable signs that will feel the challenge either from without or from within to translate or decipher them in writing, film, or photographic means. The end of May will witness additional focus on the dreams and ideals of Neptune and its forward thinking or unconventional transmission when our thoughts are jolted by a nightmare or when someone confronts us on the street with an idea we’d never thought to voice. We may feel the need to wander, creating new paths through the city or traveling when Mercury in its native Gemini opposes Jupiter in its home Sagittarius. As can be expected, those born under these two signs—natural movers and shakers—will be at the height of their mental and communicative powers and may feel the need to show them off in debate.

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