2017: Responding to the Unexpected


We already got a good taste of what 2017 has in store, during the last couple months of '16… and it clearly seems we should expect the unexpected.

That's because wild-card destabilizer-operative Uranus continues to be prominently emphasized throughout the coming year, forming significant aspects to three of the four other slower-moving outer planets.

Perhaps the biggest astrological headline of 2017 is the T-square configuration (i.e., two planets in opposition both squaring a third) now underway between Jupiter, Uranus, and Pluto.



Saturn-Uranus Trine: Sustainably Directing the Disruption


I've given planetary shit-stirrer Uranus a lot of press recently, in light of Jupiter-in-Libra's having moved into an opposition with Uranus and simultaneously reactivating its square to Pluto.

As a result of its energies being magnified by this Jupiter opposition (and Pluto square), Uranus has lately played many a wild-card in our lives-including, but not limited to, an utterly Uranian figure ascending to the US presidency-leaving plenty of shock, disruption, and volatility for us to contend with. And this trend is far from over.

But Uranus isn't merely an agent of destruction, though, yes, it often must first rattle, rupture, or rip apart a stale circumstance or entrenched institution in order to liberate us from its restrictive grip.



Uranus Won


Uranus won, it seems. The wild card was played. The presumed rules-of-convention have been disrupted. All bets are off.

'What's going to happen' is anyone's guess, as we are seeing from one day's latest twist to the next. Expectations are uncertain, feelings volatile. Anything could happen.

Some people are very upset by this surprising turn of events, disappointed and angry and scared.



Jupiter Revives the Uranus-Pluto Square


So, you thought the Uranus-Pluto revolution of the 2010s was over after those planets' final exact square during the first quarter of last year? Guess you're rethinking that premature conclusion now.

Ever since it entered Libra back in September, Jupiter has been progressing into a T-square formation with Uranus and Pluto, with all three now positioned in cardinal signs. A T-square consists of two planets opposing one another, with each simultaneously squaring a third planet.

Jupiter in Libra is now moving into an opposition with Uranus in Aries, forming its first exact hit on Dec 26.



What This Election's About


I've been reluctant to publicly gather my thoughts about this upcoming presidential election in the US, for what seem like obvious reasons.

Not only am I as sick of hearing about Trump and Clinton and 'the lesser of two evils' as anyone, but I'm also perpetually cringing at the irrational cruelty being slung from every direction at those who disagree in any way with a particular faction's talking-points.

Though I have little faith I can articulate my observations about this contentious election without being somewhat misperceived and/or unfairly judged, I feel compelled to do so anyway.



The Beginning-of-the-End as a Beginning


My dog turned 10 last week.

When we got JoJo as a three-month-old pup, and was told he would be a very large dog (he's 90 pounds and super tall) and that very large dogs have shorter life-spans, I said to myself (and to all the closest who indulge me so): 'We'll be lucky if we get 10 out of him.' I've been counting down to 10 ever since.

Perhaps I'm not the only pet-owner who's been consistently obsessed with my furry-friend's inevitable demise? I don't find it so morbid a fixation as it may sound…