Friday, March 02, 2007

Astro-Noetics March 2007 Astrology Forecast

By Bill Streett of

The Transits during March:
Saturn opposite Neptune - All Month
Jupiter square Uranus - All Month
Lunar Eclipse opposite Uranus - 3rd
Venus, Jupiter, Saturn Grand Trine - 4th-18th

The Saturn-Neptune opposition, the alignment that has pervaded the middle portion of this decade, comes to its second of three exact alignments in late February and early March. The opening decade of the new millennium - the "naughts" - is aptly named, for the decade, astrologically speaking, is defined by three great oppositions from Saturn, the planet of "naught."

In rapid succession (or at least from a cosmic perspective), Saturn makes oppositions to the three outer planets in astrology: Pluto, Neptune, and Uranus. Although each opposition has its distinctive qualities, its particular possibilities, Saturn negates the qualities of the planets with which it aligns. Thus, the opening salvo of this millennium of promise sees the pendulum of history distinctly in the corner of "naught."

The Saturn-Neptune opposition has its distinct, observable correlations: subterfuge and shams, sapped strength and syndromes, sinking ships and sickness at sea. However, for all of its capacity to effect and contour discernible events in the world, the Saturn-Neptune alignment's greatest impression is made in a psychological sense. Neptune is the planet of collective moods and universal longings; it is perhaps best described as our shared consciousness. Like an invisible net that weaves together all the seemingly separate psyches of the world, Neptune unifies them through an invisible, gauze-like tapestry. In clich'd parlance, Saturn as it inflects Neptune creates the equivalent of a global "downer"; the alignment represents the psyche's capacity to create troubled states of mind, dark moods, pessimistic visions, and sunken dreams.

Given a large orb of influence, the Saturn-Neptune alignment is a rather lengthy alignment, lasting from at least 2005 to the end of this year. Thus, as we have enough perspective now to understand the overall effect of the alignment, it is as if the world psyche has been a punctured tire, and we all perceive, on some level, the long, slow process of air seeping out slowly and insidiously. Deflation is the hallmark of the alignment. To the artist, this deflation is perceived as a lack of any worthwhile muse. One recalls little Stevie Winwood who wrote, in December 1971 during the last Saturn opposition to Neptune, "(Sometimes I Feel so) Uninspired." To the financial analyst, the alignment brings up a global pulse of worry, dread, and anxiety, even if our most respected leaders and entrusted statesmen ensure that there is nothing to be concerned about. The current alignment evokes memories of Jimmy Carter's term as President, much of which occurred under a Saturn square Neptune alignment, and the "crisis of confidence" that hounded his short-lived tenure as leader of the free world. To the couples firmly entrenched in a stable relationship, to the child entering into adolescence, and to the individual tightly bound to his or her chosen profession, there is a marked disillusionment process that occurs under the Saturn-Neptune gestalt. Dreams which once enchanted are let go. Projections which captivated are replaced with a stern and sobering realism. Memories of the past are tinged with a guilty conscience or a slightly pessimistic bitter sweetness. Though we outgrow the most innocent and naive of beliefs in adulthood, the Saturn-Neptune alignment can show even the most soberly realistic of individuals where we have been banking on false hopes and deluded expectations.

With its claustrophobic ennui and exasperating dreariness, the Saturn-Neptune alignment can make one despairingly or irreverently propose privately, "What is the point of all this!" Under Saturn-Neptune alignments, life can seem like an existential exercise without drama, momentum, meaning, or transcendence. Hair-pulling in its futility-inducing lacklusterness, exciting as water torture, the Saturn-Neptune alignment can certainly test one's internal fortitude. When one questions and asks for greater meaning, the only response is a roaring silence. One may suggest many different meanings and reasons for the dark turn of the anima mundi affiliated with the Saturn-Neptune, however one possible meaning inherent in this archetypal complex is that it provides a particular point in contrast to enthusiasm, unabated joy, and unbounded triumph. And what is the point of the cosmic game if not extraordinary nuance and contrast? As the Saturn-Neptune alignment fades at the end of this year, the particular set of spectacles that make one see life through a glass darkly will be removed. In its place, a new set of eye-wear will allow one to see different experiences, different meanings, and different visions. What accounts for the difference? We don't really know. But the soul, through time, sees life through a vast diorama of possibilities, and the ego is not in control of that experience.


Early March witnesses a total lunar eclipse in the Virgo-Pisces axis. Those that purport to know anything about eclipses and their correspondence to human affairs suggest that they are "wild cards", cosmic jokers in the deck of life, anything can happen under their auspices. This may or may not be true, however, as this particular eclipse is aligned with Uranus in mid-Pisces, this certainly does bring out the crazy, chaotic factor of an eclipse. As Uranus is the planet of wild and sudden shifts, this eclipse may insinuate major plot twists and sharp U-turns in life. As the eclipse is a lunar eclipse, it is likely that any sharp jolts occur in the more subjective side of life. Lunar eclipses tend to be processed internally, but this does not diminish their possible impact. In its more problematic guise, Uranus can be a significant trickster figure, however, in its more heroic manifestations, Uranus is the awakener, the bringer of the dawn of consciousness. Thus, with the short-lived eclipse conjoined to Uranus in mid-Pisces it is possible that one goes through a sudden and potent awakening process, roused by potentials, ideas, and insights that were hitherto latent and unconscious.

After the eclipse, March observes a Grand Trine between Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus. To give service to the geometry involved, a Grand Trine is essentially an equilateral triangle connecting three or more planets from the perspective of earth. By and large, a Grand Trine is well-received, as it represents an amicable and harmonious dialogue relative to the planets involved in the configuration. If there is any difficulty around the Grand Trine, it is often due to its contentedness and ease; since the planets are so amicable to one another, it is suggested that Grand Trines connote laziness, lack of desire or ambition, or deficiency of drive. This may be true in so far as cursory, pat analyses go, however, since Saturn is involved in this Grand Trine, it is likely to augment this lazy reputation considerably. Saturn is likely to bring forth the more constructive, goal-oriented side of a Grand Trine, giving the planetary archetypes involved their most utilizable and productive face. In essence, Saturn in a Grand Trine is likely to actualize potentials inherent within the configuration, much more so if the planet of earthbound necessity and practical application were left out. What specifically of a Grand Trine between Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus? The configuration connotes balance and fairness to a heightened degree. There is a certain classicism connoted with Venus in a Grand Trine to Jupiter and Saturn. The Classical Age in art and music was predicated on symmetry, balance, and equilibrium; there was almost a divinely heightened regularity and sense of proportion to works of art at this time. One can think of the pleasing variety of a Haydn symphony or the striking proportion of a Jacques Louis David painting as exemplars of this time. Eliminating the excess of the Baroque Age before it and the exaggerated irrationality of Romanticism after it, the Classical Age preferred everything "just right." And the Saturn, Venus, Jupiter Grand Trine connotes similar sensibilities.

In the latter half of March, Mars conjoins the Saturn-Neptune opposition. When Mars formed a t-square with the configuration last year, the news of the hideous polonium poisoning case in Russia surfaced. Mars can activate the Saturn-Neptune opposition in several ways, bringing about its problematic and positive potentials. Reinhold Ebertin, the famous German cosmobiologist, zeroed in on the nefarious potentials of the interaction between Saturn, Neptune, and Mars when he suggested this combination of stellar influences leads to an "undermining of vitality through poison" - how queerly prescient. However, this is not to suggest that Mars "interacting" with Saturn and Neptune degrades into only insidious plotting and subterfuge. This is only one vector of possibility. The Mars, Neptune, Saturn combination can also manifest as courage and heroism in living up to one's highest ideals and principles. It may be that Saturn and Neptune dispossesses Mars of its more selfish attributes, but it renders the egoism of Mars into a more compassionate, more universal ideal.

As March closes, Chiron, the planetoid located between Saturn and Uranus, begins its initial conjunction with Neptune in the sign of Aquarius. This is an irregular planetary cycle, as Chiron's orbital speed is wildly erratic. The conjunction can be relatively short-lived, or it can be rather lengthy, like the nearly four year conjunction between Chiron and Neptune that occurred toward the close of the nineteenth century. This particular conjunction is also long; given a ten degree orb of influence, Chiron will conjoin Neptune until approximately 2014. Since this is the first conjunction between Chiron and Neptune since Chiron's discovery in 1977, it is likely that its manifestations and correlations will be quite significant. It is as if after a planetary body's discovery that its alignments are more potent, more ready to be assimilated in a conscious manner by the collective.

Chiron and Neptune in conjunction suggest many things, however, possibly its greatest expression lies in global and community healing. As a point of contrast, during the recent Uranus-Neptune conjunction which spanned the entire decade of the 1990s, the world awoke to its "oneness."

Through the internet, through acts of political diplomacy, through world music, through creative cross-cultural pollination, the world shrank like never before and amid all the diversity of the world, many individuals awoke to the fundamental unity that is core to everyone. Uranus tends to be a mentally creative planet, bringing out the more technological, visionary, and idea-laden facets of dreamy, mystical, and unifying Neptune.

Chiron, in my estimation, represents a mode of knowing that is more visceral, more embodied; it appears to be more concerned with integration of mind and body than the strictly mental awareness of Uranus.

Whereas the Uranus-Neptune conjunction may have a greater awakening and numinous power than the upcoming Chiron-Neptune conjunction, this is not to suggest that the Chiron-Neptune conjunction will not be important. It is quite possible that the Chiron-Neptune conjunction in Aquarius coincides with an unlocking of different modes of consciousness that can be accessed via modalities other than rational thought or logic. More of this is explored in the planetary cycles section of the monthly forecast.

2007 will be too soon fully appreciate or understand the gifts and potentials of the Chiron-Neptune conjunction, however, the height of this alignment is likely to be in 2009, when Jupiter, Chiron, and Neptune form a quite extraordinary triple conjunction in Aquarius. There are likely to be displays of global healing (among other phenomena) at this time the likes of which we have never seen.