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Then, in the approximate flavor of Mercury retrograde in Capricorn (on the Aries Point, with Pluto two degrees away), Google is considering pulling out of China.

That Was Just the Warm-up

This is a snapshot of the culmination of Mercury retrograde, two eclipses and a massive alignment within about 60 degrees of sky: a lot of pressure, a lot of Aries Point. Mars (the ruler of Aries) is retrograde, too: That lasts all winter, and you could look at it as Mars being a bit reserved and feeling cramped in his style; or Mars calling us all to look inward and search out our true sense of self. That the retrograde takes place in Leo puts Mars opposite Aquarius, the sign of conformity to groups. We are just coming out of one of the most impressive phases of mass hypnosis that a talented, astrologically literate fantasy writer could ever make up. That would be based on a decade of Neptune in Aquarius, the drug of the masses being denial, Facebook, and Fox News.

Chiron is now conjunct Neptune, a rare event that is about clearing up all that fog and seeing through the denial, delusion, deception, and false idealism of Neptune in Aquarius.

But here’s what I’m here to tell you: We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. I can say this with some confidence after studying Aries Point effects for about 10 years, and knowing a little about the astrology of 2010. All the fuss about 2012 is the Aries Point, but we are fully into the aspect pattern right now, as planets begin to gather in the early degrees of the cardinal signs.

Of course the Flying Saucer People (who may be right) probably don’t know that; yet the Mayan astrologers seem to have had a clue: Their long count comes to its transition on December 21, 2012, with the Sun in the first degree of Capricorn, that is, aspecting the Aries Point precisely. The issue is not the Sun, itself; what the Mayans were looking at was where the Sun would be located, precisely on one of the cardinal points, and where they would be aligned at this time in the precessional cycle.

Before that happens, we have the spring of 2010. And here’s a bit of what we get. The big event involves a conjunction in the first degree of Aries: the conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus, two very influential planets. Jupiter leaves Aquarius and moves into Pisces on Sunday, but it does something unusual: It cuts clear across Pisces and stops in the first degree of Aries, where it stations retrograde.

Uranus, meanwhile, has been in Pisces for nearly seven years. If you’re a Pisces you’ve been on a wild ride, no doubt; but we’ve all been feeling this one as the morph of the technical world with the dream world, as a sense of bizarre instability and emotional restlessness. Uranus moves into Aries in June, right when Jupiter does, and we have the Jupiter-Uranus conjunction on the Aries Point. The last time these two planets teamed up with Aries Point involvement, it was in Libra the summer of 1969. That was the summer we had the Manson murders, the Moon landing, and Woodstock, among many, many other news events that get eclipsed by these big three.

What is this conjunction about? From a political angle, we see many signs of a mass movement or uprising—even here. It could be aggressive, or even militant; it could just be highly energized. I recognize that there are occasionally protests in our time of history, but we still don’t identify with this as being a time of rebellion or uprising against the many injustices that are being perpetrated. This seems strange, given all the years and years of abuses taken by the American public, and by extension, the public of many other countries. Most people will still tell you they don’t know what to do about these things. Jupiter-Uranus to me looks like an invention, and in part, an invention of identity; one that can identify with the ability to respond.

Yet the influence of Aries could have certain individuals becoming extremely gung-ho about their “ideals” and Uranus could have them convinced they represent a “group.” Jupiter can lead people to think they know more than they do. The theme of the hour is precisely the opposite: Figuring out how little we know and getting some perspective on all this group identification that has been dominating the political landscape of our era.

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