Shifting the Epicenter of Global Attention
NewsScope for January 11, 2005
Is it just a coincidence that the catastrophic tsunami took place off the coast of Indonesia, the world's most populous Islam nation? Such wide scale disaster begs the theological question, what was God thinking? Although astrologers profess no common religion, many do express a belief that we are on the cusp of the Age of Aquarius and leaving the Age of Pisces behind.
One distinction between these two ages is that the faith-oriented Pisces era was characterized by religious, cultural enclaves while the Age of Aquarius is moving toward a global consciousness, a collective self-awareness. The 9-11 attack and the invasion of Iraq focused the world's attention on the Piscean schism between Islam, Christianity and Judaism. Suddenly, the tsunami shifted the epicenter of world attention from religious antagonism to Aquarian universal empathy for the millions of survivors, no matter what their religion or ethnic background.
Across the global village peoples from diverse cultural heritages began pouring their collective compassion, money, and strategic resources into Southeast Asia. Call it an inflection point, a shift in the established order. Astrologically, this might be attributed to Uranus, the ruler of Aquarius, now in Pisces, and Neptune, the ruler of Pisces, now in Aquarius.
They are in each other's sign, what astrologers call mutual reception. This seven-year phase may be seen as the inflection point between the Age of Pisces, where religion is a function of geography, to the Age of Aquarius, where global communications and transportation systems are linking the world's cultures into one people living on one planet. In this sense, the tsunami was a blessing.
Brad and Jennifer Split
Hollywood 's premier glamour couple Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston announced late last week that they are separating. Rumors of their troubles were sparked last summer when tabloids reported that Jennifer was upset over how close Brad got to Angelina Jolie while they were making a film together, as first forecast back in December 16, 2003 (see also May 18, 2004).
Astrologically, Saturn is all over their charts now. Brad Pitt (December 18, 1963; 6:31 am; Shawnee, OK) has a Moon-Venus conjunction in the patriarchal sign of Capricorn. Saturn, the ultimate love tester, is in the closing phase of a long-term opposition to this Moon-Venus.
Jennifer Aniston (February 11, 1969; 10:22 pm; Sherman Oaks, CA) has natal Saturn on her Seventh House cusp, the house of partnerships. Transiting Saturn is now on her Midheaven (reputation, public standing), and forming a challenging square to her natal Saturn.
Astrologers also investigate relationships by making a composite horoscope, which is the combination of their two charts. The composite Sun is the midpoint between their individual Suns, and is located at 24 degrees Capricorn. Transiting Saturn at the moment is at 24 degrees Cancer, where it forms an exact opposition.
The composite horoscope also reveals the underlying problem with their marriage. The major dynamic in this chart involves Ceres (the parenting asteroid), which is under severe stress from three outer planets. Over the last two years transiting Pluto has been going back and forth across Ceres, as the couple tried in vain to make a child. Now, as they announce their separation, Pluto is separating from their composite Ceres.
Sarah McLachlan's World Vision
Among the many celebrities staging fundraising events for tsunami relief efforts is Sarah McLachlan, who joins Avril Lavigne and other Canadian musicians for a January 29 benefit concert in Vancouver, BC. Unlike other celebrities, McLachlan has a long history of philanthropic work. Her extraordinary singing ability was first enlisted to fight poverty and child prostitution in a 1992 documentary called World Vision.
McLachlan was born with her Sun in the cause-oriented sign of Aquarius (January 28, 1968; Halifax, Nova Scotia; time unknown). With her Sun in an exact sextile to Saturn and her Moon in Capricorn, she has both the ambition and discipline to achieve personal success, but it wasn't enough. Many Aquarians feel the urge to extend beyond their nuclear family, but McLachlan has made it her life work.
She hears voices. Her Mercury in Aquarius naturally brings thoughts and opinions in tune with her humanitarian ideals. Her Mercury also closely aspects all three of the outer planets, including the epochal Uranus-Pluto conjunction that shaped the revolutionary sixties, perhaps allowing her to channel the ideas and consciousness of that era, and transform them into music for a contemporary audience.
McLachlan's Mercury is also influenced by the asteroid Lilith, which is found in Sagittarius and is exactly sextile to her Mercury and square Uranus-Pluto. Lilith is associated with fiercely independent women. McLachlan may be best known for organizing the "Lilith Fair" which focuses on emerging women songwriters. The fair was launched in the summer of 1997 when both transiting Uranus and progressed Venus were conjunct her Sun.
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