Stormy October 2011

24 09 2011

We can expect the Uranus Pluto square to manifest to its greatest effect so far, thanks to the 27th September 2011 New Moon at 4 degrees of Libra. This lunation doesn’t just form a T-Square with Uranus and Pluto, it’s exactly on the midpoint between the two planets, it’s 135 degrees (sesquiquadrate) to the midpoint at 18-19 degrees of Aquarius.

Uranus rules magnetism, and earthquakes, sudden reversals and changes, and Pluto is the deep, unseen force which works in darkness but has the capability to destroy and renew. Natural disasters and earthquakes are likely, as are man-made nuclear disasters. Chernobyl occurred during the Pluto-Uranus semi-square.

The month of October, following this Lunation is going to be an eventful month. Politically, and economically, we already have emergency situations at a global level. Political extremism takes precedence though only during economic turbulence. Having said all of this, the placement of Mars is helpful and it is likely to support changes.

Lunations always symbolise new beginnings, so this is a most exciting time to be living in. On a personal level if any New Moon has the ability to refresh and change your life this one does.

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Transits: Saturn in Libra 2009-2010

28 09 2009

Because Saturn is essentially dignified in Libra, the sign if its exaltation, Saturn is welcome to this sign and can do only good things for all planets points and houses that are placed in this sign. Planets that are placed in Libra will be given nothing but support from a Saturn in its happiest and even most powerful state. Saturn has in fact got more essential dignities in Libra than he has in his own signs of Aquarius and Capricorn. The idea of an exaltation is that the planet is increasing in strength and power. The idea is that any planet by transit will bestow its good or bad qualities through the house in which it is visiting at the time.

 

Because Saturn is in Libra, it is bestowing its best side in this sign and “on the side of” all planets which Saturn must conjoin. There is some degree of variance to what you can expect though depending on planet and on  house. Say for example that natal Sun is in Libra, this is the sign of Sun´s fall, with Saturn crossing over Sun, Saturn will be exceedingly strong, and bring out the best qualities which are counter to the essence of the Sun. In other words Saturn brings forth principles of co-operation and dependency, reliance on other people, and alliances, it´s not good for individuality or self-serving goals, however it is excellent for all aspects related to a more social interaction. Saturn in this instance will force Sun into being considerate of others´ needs. The same story can be said of Saturn transiting a Libran Mars, even more so, it goes against Mars´s nature to be co-operative, but on the other hand you might see a situation where planets in their fall are helped by a planet the feels completely at home in this sign.

 

The converse now must be said for those with essentially dignified planets in Libra. Venus or Saturn in this sign will definitely benefit from Saturn´s discriminating ray. It is said time and time again that Saturn is a serious planet, and true it is, but it can also be said that Saturn is simply realistic. This transit is important for taking in the big picture, which sounds awfully like Jupiter. While Jupiter makes big promises and big wishes about the big picture (which are hardly ever realised), Saturn on the other hand makes decisions (Capricorn ruler) which it can stick to and which in the long run go on to create the big picture. A transiting Saturn to a Libran Venus is akin to a transiting Jupiter to a Pisces Venus, or Sun to an Aries Mars, or Mars to a Capricorn Saturn. Having a dignified planet conjoined by another dignified planet by transit can only bring forth good things. Some of the possibilities with Saturn in Libra will be about picking the right partners, but being Saturn it is likely that the choice will be well thought out and arranged without emotion, if that´s what is needed. Saturn likes things that last a long time, the idea that marriage is “for better or for worse”, the idea that it ought not to be broken, that comes from Saturn´s exaltation in Libra.

Pluto, Uranus, Jupiter, Node

I´ve mentioned in other pieces on this site that Saturn is configured during 2010-2011 with other outer planets. In my opinion, these hard aspects will bring much calamity and changes, but the people that need worry are not early Librans, Libra in the 7th house might be different though. The basic principle that I put forward is that Saturn is the “strong” or rather, the strongest planet in this stand-off. Uranus may attack Saturn from Aries with a Jupiter in Triplicity, and Pluto may go all psycho on Saturn from Capricorn, (all in cold calculatation), however, this exalted Saturn is so much stronger than all the planets that confront it, any planet in Libra with reasonable dignity will come out smelling of roses after this transit is over. All alliances will be victorious in the face of adversity. On a personal level it bodes well for planets in Libra which may symbolise marriages, partnerships, artistic or musical work, in fact anything that planets in this sign rule over in the chart.

Late 2009 is the beginning of first Saturn Pluto Square. It is true that Pluto can destroy things, or at least make things appear to be destroyed. Remember the idea of “from the ashes”, it´s cliche, but it seems to be the appropriate keynote for Pluto transits. The fact that Pluto is in Capricorn in any case will give Saturn and any planets in early Libra the upper hand. Pluto will be forced to co-operate, something that rarely ever happens.





2010: The Truth of this Momentous Year (Part IV)

2 05 2009

When you reach the precipice, that´s when you are mostly likely to change. When you reach the precipice, that´s when you are most likely to make a huge leap forward.

There are many Astrologers who look to their ephemeris, who dig out their history books, though most Astrologers don´t actually own History books since they are far more focused on the future than on the past. They dig out their History Books and glance backwards in time through the ephemeris and wonder with awe and amazement at the coming configuration that is being formed by the planets in the sky during the late Summer of next year; 2010.

At first I did the same, I looked and I was shocked, by some of the historical events which occurred during similar times, and I thought to myself, perhaps it would be better to not be around, to not be in the thick of things in the year 2010, and the years immediately afterwards, for it is not an “event” as such, more simply a vortex, which is at the beginning of new things; at the beginning of a decade that is sure to be noted down in History for the “new” things which occur, for events, people, discoveries, happenings, ideas, books, music, politics, that will change everything.

I was affraid to begin with contemplating personal points which are to be transited by this great and momentous outer planet line up. But further study has revealed to me that these on the surface frightening Cardinal Transits do not necessarily bring death, nor do they necessarily bring accidents or malignity. Whatever the rest of the Astrological world proclaims, I am confident that my 1st house Cardinally placed planets on a personal transit level will be brought into consciousness, into physical manifestation 100 times what they have been for my entire life.

I stand obviously at the edge of a personal precipice. A precipice which is not frightening, and it´s not equal to death, not for me, because I am ready for it with a parachute, with a para-glider. I see the cliff and I am taking a run up. I have natal Mars in the last minutes of Tropical Virgo, 180 degrees from the Aries Point, and so to me the experience will be one of reckless, bold, fearless, and courageous enterprise. I feel the juice of the 2010 T-Square in my bones already.

The mystery of 2010 and the years that follow is not difficult to decipher. There is a cliff, there are difficulties, there is a proposition to most persons on the planet at this time, and depending on how much enthusiasm you have and how eager you are for change, for revolution on a personal level, the Grand Transits of next year will endow you with the gifts and the genius to create the future that you so desire.

The opportunities that are around the corner are there because of the nature of the transit. The challenges that the human species set itself creates the opportunities to find ways around them. The problems in society and the problems in individual lives are often solved at the point when there seems to be the most pressure to either concede defeat, or take a new road, or come up with something new.

The greatest opportunity is about to be presented to both individuals, and to humanity over the next year and the years that follow next year. The question we ought to ask ourselves, is whether we all look to the past and stay stuck in that past and concentrate on things which no longer are important, things which cannot be changed, or whether we make choices which are in accordance with higher principles, in which as individuals we all face the precipice and jump. If you are asked to give up your personal fortune in the name of saving humanity, or fight for it, difficult choices, but the nobler one would probably be the one in which you as an individual “do” something which in itself has worth.

To be ready for anything should be the slogan for the next decade. To be ready to change job, occupation, outlook. It is certain that the ideology, that the modes of thought are changing. Sure there is a continuity within history, and it does not escape my judgement to acknowledge that humanity, and the systems and eternal truths of human life are unchanging. It may even be possible that what is old, what is thought of as outmoded and ancient, will in fact come back with avengeance, simply because it is a human truth that has been with society since it first began.

The nature of the family, the social group, the network of friends, the national conscience, and now the global conscience are things which are in one sense unchanging. What unites and disunites, is knowledge, and lack of knowledge. This is not empirical knowledge that sociologists or philosophers talked about in gross material terms, but knowledge of basic human life and its continuity and its “NATURAL” state which is has moral and spiritual dimensions that cannot be explained away by 3rd house writers and 9th house philosophers.

The opportunity is now here because the rules are in the air so to speak. The opportunity now is to not “write the rules again” in the visage of your own self, but to appreciate the eternal truth. To see what is really true in the light of what has passed. This is a new CARDINAL era. Fire is of the nature of spirit, and Air is of the nature of intellect, so understanding shall be brought that will Enlighten, all underpinned by Cardinal Earth and material foundations, structures and practical needs.





2010: The Next Ideology; the U.S.A. and the U.K. (Part III)

1 05 2009

It is an interesting fact that the 2010 grand configuration takes place on all of the cardinal points with sole exception of the Summer Solstice point, the degrees which span early Tropical Cancer. It is also an accepted fact that the USA´s natal chart has a stellium of Sun, Venus and Jupiter placed in the early degrees of Tropical Cancer where the blue ray of Sirius shined brightly in the late 18th century; not that the Zodiac has moved that many degrees through the cosmos since then.

So what does it mean? The 1930´s as in the first article I wrote on 2010, had in the sky above Pluto acting in configuration from the twentieth degree of Tropical Cancer which was in orb of USA´s natal Sun and natal Mercury. The early 1930´s T-Square was activating the United States 9th ruler and 10th ruler, with Pluto conjoined with those planets. The threat to America´s core belief systems of freedom and of their place in the world as described by 10th ruler Mercury is what was going on; and the conclusions which may be drawn from such a transit chart are that of drastic transformations involving core beliefs and place in the world, for if anything the result of 1931 and all that followed was to galvanise America into protecting freedom and democracy (9th house beliefs) and to become a true Superpower in the global arena; (10th house social standing and job). More proof of this Pluto focus is described perfectly by Mercury as ruler of 7th house; for 1931 brought America new enemies and Allies. The 1931 transits were not easy for the USA; for the conjunction of Pluto although bringer of massive power and change does not do it gently or kindly in the abrasive conjunction aspect.

1966 is the following grand configuration that we can say for certain that helped America. There is no question that the late 1960´s transit was not at all hard for USA; for on one side Saturn trines both US 9th ruler and 10th+7th ruler which on the other side from the 9th house the Uranus-Pluto conjunction formed a highly creative sextile to America´s public image. Can we say that the last four decades of the twentieth century have been hard on America? In fact the exact opposite is true, those decades have been the most successful, innovative, and stable, up to and including the first decade of the 21st century.

Some of the reasons for the United States´alliance with the U.K. are to do with the 1801 U.K. Cancer Moon at 20 degrees tropical Cancer. For both the 1930´s and 1960´s configurations pivoted on this area, and since the United Kindom´s Midheaven ruler is in fact that Cancer Moon, it goes without saying that the power and social standing of both nations are tied together both by natally predisposed similarities at certain degrees in tropical Cancer as well as the transits of the twentieth century which were both powerful to begin with and then harmonious and power-giving.

There is no question that the United Kingdom in 2010 and thereafter will undergo major shifts and changes akin to an Earthquake. However, it is through the proximity to the natal Sun ruler of 11th house of friendships in the house of communications, brothers, sisters and cousins. Those changes for the U.K. are likely to be in the form of tidal waves coming from friends, from political and social interests that the U.K. has always been a part of. Some of this may indeed be the Commonwealth, it may be through N.G.O´s it may be through political wrangling in bigger social groups such as the United Nations, and it is highly likely to be through Europe, without a doubt through Europe, which represents to the United Kingdom a real 11th house social threat to its existence.

However, the transits of 2010 are taking place on the Ascendant ruler of the United States of America, with Pluto not placed in abrasive conjunction (indicating power given), but in abrasive opposition; which is more likely to be indicative of a rivalry and challenge to its power, in the most brutal way imaginable. This Pluto in America´s 1st house is likely to indicate that whatever destructive power that emerges does not come from the other side of the chart, the Western quarter, indicating foreign enemies, but from within. The fact is that America really has no enemies that can rival it in 2009, the closest to an enemy that America can call “an enemy” of freedom is a country that America could bomb in a fortnight and leave completely flattened. The text-book comparison to be made is the Roman Republic; there were no true rivals to Rome circa the 1st century A.D. and hence in those years it was Romans who challenged and fought amongst themselves, as all enemies had in fact been subjugated.

The United States´ Venus Jupiter conjunction is the focus of 2010. All outer planets will be configured in hard aspect to these Cardinal points. It is in the U.S.A. that changes will be occurring. It is in the U.S.A. that the next decades of History will be formed with the events and people that act during the 2010 MEGA T-Square that shall rock the world. In this prediction I am certain. In this prediction; that there is something coming next year that will set the scene for the next decades or more I am certain. 1931 was simply a victory for totalitarianism in Eastern Europe, while 1966 was simply the crescendo of Western Capitalism, and of innovation, consumerism made available to the masses, with the West being an easier place to live than the East, though the East still sharing in that stability.

It is likely that Public Health, and daily running of the U.S. will be damaged or put under immense pressure in 2010, with Venus closest to the aspect pattern, also 11th house rulership of friends, and political groups, as well as all “humanitarian” or social enterprises shall in a mundane sense also be in the spotlight, since Venus desposits 11th house in the 4th July 1776 chart. But the point which is most important and the point with which no prediction of certainty can be made is that of Ascendant and IC ruler Jupiter at 5 degrees of Cancer coming under the most abrasive and challenging aspects.

With such strong and completely destructive transits, it would be easy to predict, “the demise” or the end of America; however, the astrology doesn´t really support this view. America´s power and standing in the world, is represented by both Saturn and Mercury, planets that have control over America´s MC. These planets are unafflicted by the 2010 transit. So it would be fair to say that in one sense, America may in fact continue with its role in the world, with the same standing with nations, with the same “job”, with the same career and goals. The Ascendant ruler and 4th ruler are a more fundamental part of the picture. The aspects that take place will be threatening the “body”, or appearance of America, the basic personality, the people, and the Fathers and History of the nation (4th house); it may be possible to add; the land, the foundations, the cities and buildings and homes (4th house) ruler in Cancer, with more emphasis on home and structures which are domestic in nature.

Ascendant ruler under threat does signify the “life” of a person, and of a nation also. It may well be that America changes its constitution, affecting that special (4th house) inhertitance and family tradition. It may well be that the image of America and self concept of the people changes, new technology represented by Uranus transiting America´s 4th house will with out a doubt be brought into the public arena.





Traditional Astrology: Part 1

5 01 2009

The outer planets and asteroids, whose numbers grow each day are relevant to Astrology. Yet these planets and bodies are external aspects of human consciousness, these are symbols of the non-human part of life. Pluto as a planet and as a myth is not symbolic of Earthly life, its symbolism and mythology is that of death and Hades is ancient god of the underworld.

Outer Planets and asteroids have an important part to play in our knowledge and understanding, yet they are symbolic of circumstances which are outside of individual human control. Having an inner planet for example, Mercury conjunct an outer planet, Uranus does not make the person come in contact with another person symbolic of Uranus, but it is likely that his mind will be interested in subjects that are associated with the modern planet and able to access the external conscious level which is symbolised by this planet. Uranus is not an inner state, but an outer state, an external place in which Mercury as symbol of the student and mind of a person is able to access.

Neptune equally does not symbolise a person. Neptune is symbolic of the ocean, of mass consciousness, and of what is not altogether understood, in the exact same way that Pluto is not understood. Pluto symbolises the forces of nature which are beyond human control and understanding, Pluto does not have rulership of the Tropical sign of Scorpio. It is not possible for a human being to be symbolised by Pluto, lord of the dead, of the underworld, of hell, because all human beings are living. This is not to say that the outer planets do not have power to affect human beings and this is the reason for their incorporation into Astrology, by those early writers and Astrologers who saw remarkable similarities between these planets and the Signs.





Chiron: The Bleeding Wound and the Aquarian Age

20 12 2008

Chiron´s discovery in 1977 coincided with a wound. This wound is a wound which can be seen in the super consciousness of the entire world. In reality it is in fact a psychological wound which goes back a lot further, it originates in millennia which are past and buried beneath the sands. Chiron however is now considered awoken in mass consciousness, in the similar way that the modern planets are also awoken. Chiron speaks about his wound by saying this:

“There is something wrong with me, I am psychologically damaged, I am wounded, I am in pain and I don´t know why, so I must go on a quest, I must find a teacher, must share my pain, must do all possible to sooth and to solve, to stitch it up.”

But obviously in the myth Chiron never does have his wound stitched up. He goes on bleeding and having his liver eaten out every day in the heat of the Sun. He never learns why his pain is there or how to fix it. In times gone by, in times in which the world was the way the world was and was never to be thought about in terms which were beyond: “me, my wife, my father, and  my God”, Chiron never had a use.

What is the use of going deep into a wound? What is the use of bleeding all over the place, sharing your bleeding, sharing your mess with people, with strangers, with psychologists, with family, friends, with support groups and with your own conception of the world? In times of old there was nothing of the sort. If you got a bad lot in life you looked up, and prayed for the next to be better… such is Faith. Real faith is based on this presumption, that we do in fact all return once again.

Age of Aquarius

In some ways Chiron is in tune with the Aquarian Age. Chiron is in fact a wounded Centaur trapped in an immortal shape on Earth, but trapped in suffering and in what humanity is fast becoming. A humanity that cuts its own liver out day in day out seems to be the essence of the Age of Aquarius, one that is not Noble and dignified, but one which is obsessed with its own sense of woundedness.

The Age of Aquarius is after all the Age in which the Sun falls into Detriment and into weakness. One in which Chiron, the ultimately wounded Centaur and the one who according to the writers in the subject will take us all from Material Saturnine reality into the Uranian Realm… how very Aquarian.

One thing that Sun sign Aquarians are fond of is indeed pointing out how their wounds are so much more spectacular and impressive than anyone Else’s. Very undignified. But it is a stark contrast from the Piscean general ignorance of what lies beyond the next valley, and his imagination in creating idealistic and mystical if not downright beautiful visions of what he thinks is there.

Chiron unfortunately is of a strange nature. The wounding is of course, in part self-inflicted, it is partly Chiron´s own fault, but in part, the fault of the rest of humanity. If Pisces had faults it certainly pretended that they weren´t there, or that somehow those faults were all dignified and “meant to be like that”. Beautiful and sweet Pisces.

The modern world is fast becoming Chironic. Everyone seems to be obsessed with how “things went wrong”. The Global Warming effect which is clearly happening, (I don´t refute it) is a pure manifestation of Chiron energy in the global super-consciousness, which coincides recently both with Chiron moving through Aquarius and conjoined with Neptune. Chiron in this place is obsessed with pointing out how it ( the world in this case) is responsible for destroying (itself) the world through pollution and atmospheric blight. Chiron has a wound, the wound is clearly gaping, can Chiron find a cure without hurting itself even more? The answer, is that to get rid of CO2 pollution would equate with total standstill in modern world, because our electricity, never mind the food that we eat and the cars that we drive are all, well 90%, pollution creating. So it´s a case of bleed from a vein, or bleed from an artery.

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On a personal level, people are bleeding. The level of education, the intellectual awakening and the Enlightenment are filtering now, since the advent of Mass Media in the 70´s  into the Mass society. All films and television have a lesson to them now, some purpose which although primarily to sell something, also are there to expose people to themselves, to their hopes and dreams which are not to be fulfilled, unless of course they are prepared to wound themselves in the process.

Today the wound is everything. If you don´t have a wound you are nothing. Celebrities must play to the bleeding wound, they must be on the wrong side of the law, have abusive childhoods, relationships, drug abuse, and of course it really is the Mass Media born circa the discovery of Chiron that selects the “look at me I´m bleeding” stories for its daily headlines.

In days of old, when all the magic filled the air, there was no such thing as “self-consciousness”, “self-awareness”, or any of the other possible “awareness” that is now becoming eminent in the world. In those days pain was transmuted into work, into “great works”. In some ways there are parallels with the Aquarius world thought. But which is the better state. Is it better to know of your pain, to poke at it and make it worse and to suffer daily, or is it better to channel it somewhere and make it into something else, the way Jupiter and Neptune do?

In some ways the Chironic voice tells us all to own our wounds, to work them through, and to heal them as well as others, because, in essence, this is the only life, the only chance to do so and that we are not likely to come back. Though the Pisces that is still left in us knows that we are all destined to come back, whether we choose to suffer and bleed publicly or not.

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Uranus-Pluto-Saturn-Jupiter 2010: The Next Ideology (Part II-Neptune)

12 12 2008

Astrology, like any subject of knowledge requires a lot of research and a lot of patient going through the facts, going through the past. In this installment concerned with the T-Square alignment of 2010 I am going to give my predictions in the way in which most Astrologers operate with regard to keeping secret their technique of prediction. Already in Part I part of this reasoning has already been explained. Part II is not going to focus on charts or on the aspect patterns, but rather on the facts, on tangible things. To me it is a test also because in two years time I the one making predictions, shall be probably looking back at these thoughts and thinking how I did not foresee certain things which were obvious.

In the light of the previous analysis of the 2010 Zeitgeist, (Spirit of the Age and nothing more) several things have been brought to attention. The first is that when outer planets involved with Saturn are aspecting each other politics in the world are affected. When Pluto and Uranus both are involved in aspect with Saturn the change is highly significant for the human race as a whole. But I don´t want to give away all the pieces just yet.

The alignment of 2010 changes the entire world. It is in terms of specific and daily events unremarkable, because daily events are unremarkable. 2010 in fact is the reason why Astrology has an amazing flavour to it, because it allows the student to anticipate the future and the incredible and unbelievable things that are about to take place.

The truth of the matter is that like the 1966 event, 2010 in the context of my writing at this point in the analysis is not going to be stupidly different from 2009 or 2008 the same way that 1966 and 1967 were similar to each other. People have jobs, they have lives, they have ideas and relations with other people, countries have institutions, they have buildings which have lasted over a 1000 years and some of them double or triple that.

Neptune

There are two possibilities here: One is that cultural ideas will change, the other is that they will continue roughly as the have been since 1966.

Culturally, if the decades following 2010 will be Aquarian in nature, marked by the isolated presence of Neptune in Aquarius in the 2010 world chart. The spirit of equality, the idea of group think will be the fashion. Films about robots in love, music that samples the antiquarian is the fashion of the Aquarian. Aquarius is the “post-modern” sign, the idea with Aquarius is to go through all experiences, all emotions, to provide a medium for the experience and knowledge, but then to step back from it and look at it coldly. Equality is the cultural lexicon of the new era, but an equality which is simply based on equality of knowledge, freedom of knowledge.

This knowledge in the form of ideal Neptune is however, isolated from the matrix of the aspect grid. The significance is that cultural patterns, and what people are doing, what is written about, what is sung about, what the film makers make for TV and Cinema, what people do for escapism will have nothing at all to do with the political formation taking place. This is to say that the T-Square takes place but Neptune is left out in the cold.

One effect of this is that there will be no such thing as “the swinging 60´s” in the terms of it being a cultural revolution of sorts. There will be no “Victorian Age” known for its writers, for its cultural output of Art, Science, of ideas, of illusion, poetry and music that Neptune gave to the 1850 aspect grid from the most spiritual sign Pisces.

Neptune´s absence indicates that this new era will not be “softened” by its subtle glow, by its slightly mysterious, deceitful, enticing and spiritual presence. What it does mean on the other hand is that the political structure will either be away from the global “super-conscience” which Neptune does signify and thus remain out of the common people´s reach, out of our ability to criticise, to write protest songs about, or to support it through our artistic or cultural endeavours.

Despite these assertions there is again room for more manoeuvre. Because Neptune´s placement in Aquarius is strong, it may be possible that cultural change will not be occurring, this in fact appears to be in place since the 1966 aspect in which Neptune was involved. That Neptune was a Scorpio Neptune influenced by planets in Virgo and Pisces. It is possible that Scorpio will continue to be the cultural lexicon to which people live their lives until the next great aspect.

If Neptune is left out of this configuration, this can mean that Aquarius Neptune really does not figure at all in the next Ideology. Because politics will change while the emotional streams in which people live are not revolutionised at all. If we take Aquarius, then the obvious growth of the mass media and Internet group-think is the hallmark of the new Era. It might just mean that people are left on the outside and happy to have nothing to do with it whatsoever. Or on the other hand Scorpionic 60´s sex revolution, drugs, rock and roll, emotional and obsessive cultural trends which are related from gangs and drug associated violence to mental illness, to James Bond, the most Scorpionic 60´s icon with a gun, everything that informs our norms, ideals, accepted behaviour, or what is held in the context of the World´s Neptune will continue to develop along the lines of Scorpio.

So because of Neptune´s isolation ironically in Aquarius, it is possible that there will be no new cultural change. There is none that seems to be occurring now, films and music are of the same style of consciousness that they have now been for 40 years, and they are not likely to change within two years, because there is nothing “new” now the way there really was “new” in previous Eras. If there is, it will be Aquarian, it will be intellectual, and of a friendly, airy nature. If the new Era is to be an Aquarian Neptune phase, then Bond must die and be replaced by a different cultural hero which befits Aquarius and not Scorpio.