The Astrology of Breaking Down

Today’s article is a story. Not a made-up story, it’s a real-life story, a part of my own story, and it demonstrates, I believe, just how astonishingly powerful astrology is when you are open to its most fundamental principles, when you are fluent (and that’s a potent word in this context) in its language, and how it is a diagnostic and therapeutic tool second to none if you are experiencing life problems.

There is a phenomenon in astrology which I call the cascade effect. I shall quote myself, because I want you to understand the cascade effect, if you don’t appreciate it truly, then you will struggle to harness the power of your nativity: instead, it will remain abstract, disconnected from your reality. So:

Any physical symptom is simply an expression of the astrology at the level of last resort. That psychic impetus that you have not manifested at some level higher-up in the totality of your awareness has – left with no viable alternative – found its way out into the body, and that is the cause of your symptom.”

Meditation or prayer is a powerful tool for healing when combined with astrological self-awareness

So, if you are sick, then there is a problem in your nativity that has been triggered. Of course, for the sake of clarity, this does not mean that if you have caught a cold there is a problem in your nativity; but if you are unusually sick, relative to the statistical norm for people of your age and background, and even, in fact, relative to your own experience. What this means is that if you become ill, and your symptoms are severe, chronic or unusually distressing, then the reason for that problem will be found in your nativity.

That problem will have manifested at different levels too, although, if it has reached the ‘low-point’ of the physical body, then the chances are that you haven’t noticed it manifesting in any of the higher levels, but have no doubt, it will have been there! I have a theory that these problems want to be noticed, simply because the natural impetus of the human soul is toward improvement and purification. Let me use an analogy.

You go and buy a TV, and because you’re short of cash, you buy it on credit. The next day you lose your job, and because you are always a bit short of cash you didn’t get any unemployment insurance, so you miss the first payment on your new TV. A month goes by and you receive a reminder in the post. You ignore it, thinking you’ll soon be back in work and you’ll sort it out then. Another reminder arrives and you ignore that, and the next, and you’re beginning to get a little panicky about it now. The phone rings and you’re screening the calls and it’s the credit company, so you start avoiding the telephone (we’ve all been there right?) A couple of weeks later, you get a really threatening letter telling you you’re going to be taken to court if you don’t get in touch and sort this out.

Now, you can carry on with this story, right up to the point where the bailiffs are kicking in the door and clearing out all your worldly goods, you get evicted and end up living in a homeless shelter; but since I already said this would be a true-story and not make-believe, I’ll leave all that to you.

The point is that your astrology works in exactly this way, except it doesn’t use uneasy feelings, reminder letters, phone calls and bailiffs; rather it uses synchronicity, feelings of discomfort, interpersonal conflict and physical sickness as a direct correlation.

What this means is that the Universe (which from a philosophical perspective is really your nativity) starts making things happen in external reality as a way of trying to tell you that you need to take note of this problem and start dealing with it. We call this synchronicity for easy reference. Astrology is a universal language; Mercury is concerned with an array of factors, from communication at the interpersonal level to nerves and lungs (and so on) at the physical level. Similarly, Mars rules assertion and competition at the interpersonal level and the muscles, the head (and so on) in the physical body. Therefore, if you suffer from neuralgia or frequent toothaches then the chances are that there is some difficult connection between Mercury and Mars in your nativity. This might not be immediately obvious, but here is a list of some possible interconnections:

  1. Mercury in aspect (especially hard aspect) to Mars.
  2. Mercury in Aries or Mars in Gemini.
  3. Mercury in the 1st or Mars in the 3rd.
  4. Having a stressor aspecting the midpoint of Mercury and Mars (e.g. Sa=Me/Ma).
  5. Having both planets in weak positions, thus Mercury in Sagittarius and Mars in Libra, (or even Mercury in the 9th and Mars in the 7th).
  6. Having another planet act as an intermediary: for example having Jupiter in Aries (thus ruled by Mars) in tricky aspect to Mercury. Or vice-versa, having Saturn in Gemini in tricky aspect to Mars.

Now the crucial point here is that this problem will be trying to get itself noticed throughout your life, but like the reminder letters from the credit company, you’ve been ignoring them. What happens next is that you get a (cosmic) phone call, and maybe you start experiencing heightened conflicts in your interpersonal relationships; you’re always arguing with some people (and just what is their problem anyway!) but still you take no notice, you stop answering the phone and eventually, the bailiffs start kicking the door down. AKA: you get sick.

There are  a number of other stages of course: you might get divorced, your car might break down repeatedly (that’s a Mercury problem too), but whatever, ultimately, if you don’t take notice at one of these other levels, eventually you leave the Universe no other option than to give you a really big and obvious hint and make you sick.

Of course, you can go on with this (as with the original story) and ignore the bailiffs too, but now you’re playing a high-stakes game. Your quality of life might be affected or you might be hospitalised: you could even die; and lots of people do, believe it or not, rather than fix the original problem which is sitting there (often plain as day) in their nativity.

So you see, by following the TV bought on credit example, you can begin to understand how your astrology actually works. It would be nice of course if we were able to work out what was wrong even before we got the first reminder letter, and actually, with practise you can. You can cultivate a habit of taking notice of synchronicity, those coincidences that seem too uncanny to truly be mere coincidences and try to interpret what the underlying message is all about, but of course you need to be aware of the universal and symbolic language of astrology before you can understand the message. If you don’t speak the language, you won’t be able to understand the message (you can of course use a good interpreter).

The human body is an energy matrix that is mapped by your astrology

Now, one more note before we move on; the reminders, like the problem that is attempting to get noticed are not random. They are always triggered by transits, directions, and especially – in my experience – Secondary Progressions. What this means is that you can usually find the cause of the sickness if you take a look at the Secondary Progressed nativity at the time the problem was first noticed. It is not always there (but that would be unusual, especially if the problem is serious), but if it is not, then it will certainly be obvious in the transit chart, the progressed Solar Return chart or somewhere else. You will find it if you know how to look for it.

Now, I could provide theoretical examples, but it would be more powerful, and easier, to give a real-life story to illustrate this issue. This article will probably be especially interesting to anyone with difficult aspects between Mercury and Saturn.

In my own nativity, Mercury is peregrine (not classically peregrine, but Ptolemaically unaspected). That means it receives no major aspects. There are only three minor aspects, a quintile (72°) to Jupiter, a semisquare (45°) to Pluto and a quincunx (150°) to Saturn. I have never had the slightest problem accessing the Pluto semisquare, Mercury is in Scorpio and in mutual reception with Pluto in Virgo, and I understand the quintile to Jupiter (I have a fortunate knack for learning: if I want to understand something I will), but I’ve never been especially aware of the aspect to Saturn.

There are two factors to consider here: the aspect, and the quality of the blend. A quincunx is an aspect which fundamentally connotes dissatisfaction: when you try to combine these two energies, you’re never entirely satisfied with the result; it therefore creates a push for perfectionism. Mercury – Saturn on the other hand has plenty of meanings, but fundamentally, it suggests that when you are involved in a communication or exchange of ideas (thus anything from a chit-chat to a formal learning process) there is a feeling of inadequacy, blockage, slowness or frustration. I’d never been consciously aware of any such problem in my life, any dissatisfaction with my communication or ability to learn and as a result I’d never taken too much notice of the aspect before but then, two months ago I began to develop a problem with my shoulder.

As an astrologer, I determined that I really ought to be taking notice of this, because obviously, I’d been ignoring a problem all the way down the line, so I needed to find clues. I thought about it for a few days and went to see the doctor. The shoulder had become so bad by this point that I was practically paralysed, I could hardly move and my every waking moment involved severe pain. The doctor told me that I had a nerve trapped between two vertebrae in my spine and prescribed me powerful painkillers and a muscle relaxant which helped but did not ‘fix’ the problem. I was therefore tasked with translating the problem into the universal language of astrology in order that I find a solution. So, I had: a nerve (Mercury) that was trapped, compressed between two bones (Saturn), which resulted in muscular pain (Mars) for which the doctor (Hygeia) prescribed drugs (Neptune).

So, the trapped nerve immediately made me take notice of Mercury quincunx Saturn. But other events started to make themselves felt.

During the recent Mercury retrograde my car overheated (Mars) and all the water exploded out from a burst pipe in the engine (Neptune and specifically: Mars-Neptune, the explosion of liquids). The next day the temperature dropped and there was heavy snowfall so the water in the engine froze (Saturn), I hadn’t had a chance to put antifreeze in. This resulted in repeated problems with the car; it kept breaking down (Mercury-Saturn). I’ve actually become quite good friends with my mechanic as a result, because he’s had to fix the car (Hygeia) so many times!

So, all the clues are here: we have a Mercury Saturn problem, with elements of Mars, Jupiter, Neptune and Hygeia thrown in for good measure. Now here is my nativity:

As you will see, all of the aforementioned planets are involved in a complicated matrix of hard aspects in my nativity. I was born with this problem. Evidently, I’d managed to ignore the reminder letters, and the phone calls, and now the bailiffs were knocking on my door.

So, what’s the story here? I included the Sun in this picture because it’s relevant.

When I was three months old my father left and I never saw him again (Sun opp. Saturn Rx). My mother remarried when I was 4 and I had never been especially interested in my biological father but through a long course of synchronicities I had finally got to the point where I’d decided to contact him, which I did: just before Christmas. So, for the first time in my life since the age of 3 months, I communicated (Mercury) with my father (Saturn). Shall we call that another coincidence?

So what then is the fundamental problem? As I said before, Mercury – Saturn aspects are all about feeling intellectually inadequate. That would probably seem quite laughable to anyone who knows me well, and indeed, if anyone had told me a year ago that I had a lack of confidence in my intellect I’d probably have found it quite laughable myself, but the more I examined the issue, the more it made sense.

The chakras are the primary energy centres of the human body

My stepfather, whom I love dearly, has always told me how incredibly bright I am, as has my mother. In my stepfather’s case that was all very well, but he is a Cambridge University professor and one of the most supremely intelligent, wise and self-possessed human beings alive on this earth today (which really is no exaggeration). That’s a real legacy to live up to. Upon serious reflection then, I now realise that this first became a problem for me at the age of 14 (when I had my first Saturn opposition, thus triggering the Sun opposition to radix Saturn and the quincunx to Mercury). I fell behind at school after being the highest achieving pupil in my year: and this at one of the best schools in the country. I essentially flunked my exams. Still, my parents persuaded me to go back and take A’ levels, but I lasted almost until the point of taking the exams and I dropped out again. Even still, I went back to school many years later and took A’ levels, this time at 29! The Saturn return: and I got into University as a mature student. I started taking History with Archaeology (how Saturnian is that?) but then decided that it wasn’t for me and switched courses: supremely late, to Computing with Psychology. I got two years through my course and became so discontented that I basically flunked out again.

I am quite sure you are seeing a pattern here.

Sun-Saturn connotes somebody who is not so much motivated by a desire for success as they are paralysed by a fear of failure. They can do quite well in life, but crucially, their efforts are fuelled primarily by not wanting to fail.

Now, the Mercury – Saturn connection provokes a test as does any Saturn connection, there is a looming qualm, an innate inadequacy which the native struggles to overcome, usually through persistent hard work. When connected with Mercury, that test relates to intelligence, one’s ability to learn and communicate knowledge, and it relates very precisely to academic matters, so Saturn here says: are you academically able? The aspect is quincunx, so there is a seeking after perfection, things have to be just right or the aspect nags, like grit in your shoe, demanding that you get it right. But then Sun-Saturn is paralysed by a fear of failure and the primary role-model for success in a man’s life are these exact male archetypes, Sun and Saturn, the living embodiment of which is found in the father or father figure.

So, when your primary father figure is one of the most well-qualified human beings on the planet (and he really is: you could count on one hand the number of people alive today with his credentials in his field, he has taught at Harvard, UCLA and held a professorship at Cambridge) then really, to say that’s a tough act to follow, is an astounding understatement. My younger brother summed it up rather astutely when I saw him a couple of weeks ago when he asked: “what actually is the point in trying to distinguish yourself academically in our family?”

True.

It has dawned on me since that the reason I had always dropped out of education before I really got finished was because then I didn’t have to fail (Sun-Saturn) which meant that I wouldn’t therefore have to feel stupid (Mercury-Saturn). What else was there? Any child only wants to individuate and exceed their parents’ expectation, so what was I going to do, become a double professor?

And that’s when I realised that I had an intellectual inferiority complex. It’s not remotely my stepfather’s fault of course, he is as humble, gentle and kind as the day is long, he would never crow about his achievements – indeed, the only reason I even know that he is a professor, or where he taught is because I’ve read his biography in the numerous books he has had published. It hit me with a kind of kaleidoscopic rush. I can now sense the inner tension that builds as soon as I feel pressured to learn something, and it resonates dissonantly, at the same time, with an inner pressure to achieve that learning goal; to prove myself.

And do you know what happened as soon as I realised this?

The pain began to subside. Well, I have a lot of work to do and it will probably take many weeks to fix myself for good, but I feel as though I am on the mend.

Understanding this, let us revisit the story of my car:

During the recent Mercury retrograde my car went through numerous cycles of overheating and freezing (Mars – Saturn: Saturn is in Aries thus ruled by Mars), Mercury was retrograde (breakdowns) and in Capricorn (thus ruled by Saturn). The Sun – Saturn opposition points to a congenital weakness, my mechanic tells me that I bought the car with this problem (on Ebay), and of course, the mechanic himself is represented by Hygeia which is the apex point of a tee square from the Sun – Saturn opposition.

It was when I looked at my Secondary Progressed chart that I decided to just buy a new car, I had already thrown away a small fortune on trying to get the old one fixed.

There are a number of remarkable features here. Before I explain though let me tell you a little about progressed Mercury. I was born with Mercury at 7 Scorpio, unaspected. Mercury continued to progress direct through Scorpio until 1984 – the year I first took my high school exams – when it turned retrograde. It moved back through Scorpio until it had returned to its birth position, when I decided to go back to school and get the exams I needed to go to University. When Mercury was in perfect quincunx to SP Saturn I actually made the decision that I would give up work and go back to school (although it took a while to realise that plan fully). When I experienced my Saturn Return I started University. Mercury continued to retrograde until it reached 1 Scorpio, in 2004. When Mercury came within a degree of the natal quincunx to Saturn (for the 3rd time now) I started to experience pain in my shoulder and the car started to break down.

Quite apart from the rather remarkable fact that SP Mercury has been in Scorpio my entire adult life: and will be until I am well into my 60s, what you will see is that just now, there is a Mars – Hygeia conjunction at the exact midpoint (all midpoints express the two aspecting points) of the Mercury – Saturn quincunx. Hygeia is indeed in exact squile (half-way between the sextile and the square) aspect (75°) to both Mercury and Saturn (don’t laugh, it’s an important and neglected aspect, especially for progressions – as is the squine: 105°). So, the mechanic, the doctor, my health are receiving the tension of needing to fix my intellectual insecurity complex. Mars (overheating, muscles) is manifesting in both the car and my own physical body.

Esoterically I have been reading an interesting book about chakra healing. I meditate most days so I am fairly comfortable with the idea of moving energy around my body, and it’s no coincidence that I’ve always experienced a sluggishness around the meridians in my right shoulder that run up into my neck. I’ve also suffered with a long-standing gallbladder problem (Pluto is on the degree for the gallbladder) and the gallbladder meridian runs up over the right shoulder blade, up the right-side of the neck and on upward through the throat chakra.

Mercury-Saturn of course certainly highlights the throat chakra as an area of potential concern and difficulty (Mercury: communication / Saturn: block). I have had to learn to moderate my communication over the last couple of years, the fallout from my divorce have made that necessary, and in the last few days I am beginning to find the requisite peacefulness of heart to speak my truth without recrimination. The heart chakra, precedes the throat chakra as energy travels up the spine, so the neck problem can only be cured with love and understanding.

What I have learned is this:

I do not need to prove myself to anyone. I am what I am and I live my life with integrity. I try to help people, for no other reason than that it brings peace to my heart to feel their pain easing. Those people who cannot hear me, I forgive, but until they too are able to set aside recrimination and blame I must remove them from my life, in order that I properly protect my sensitive emotional body and the wellbeing of my loved ones. I am learning to say only words which reflect my needs, but without bitterness or anger, balanced with the needs of those around me.

Over the coming days and weeks I will be writing to all those people that I have blamed so that I can express my regret and forgiveness.

That is the path to healing.

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43 comments on “The Astrology of Breaking Down

  1. Christine F says:

    Hi Jeremy,

    Thanks for the beautiful post and for sharing your personal learnings and astrological insights. You inspire me.

    Christine

    • chirotic says:

      Thanks Chris, I’ve learned a great deal from your astrology too, I’m so glad to be involved and appreciated.

  2. nray says:

    Wonderful post, Jeremy. Thank you.

  3. Fascinating.
    Does the phrase “chip off the old block” resonate? How about “chip on the shoulder”?

    Thirty years ago, I came across an expression for gallstones – “rocks of ages made by me”.

    The path to healing indeed.

    • chirotic says:

      A chip on the shoulder indeed.
      I think that esoterically, shoulders are meant to carry joy, not burdens; and upper back problems represent a feeling of being emotionally unsupported. That’s something I’ve certainly had to work through over the past year.

      I used to have a gallbladder problem too, but I’ve made other changes in my life and it appears to be completely fixed now. Which means I get to eat pizza again. That’s compensation!

  4. Ellen Longo says:

    Wow. Neeti Ray linked to this post in Facebook. What a cogent, thoughtful, instructive, and heartfelt post. Thank you so much.

  5. Susannah says:

    Very interesting article.

    I totally agree, things that things happen in external reality as a way of trying to tell you that you need to take note of a problem and start dealing with it.

    I was just sitting here thinking of making a dental appointment tomorrow to get some help for a reaccuring infection under a tooth when I read this post. I have Mars in Gemini. :-)

    So much food for thought here – thank you.

    • chirotic says:

      Thanks Susannah, we often read things at the right time. I do it most days in fact and the more open we are to synchronicity the more powerful it becomes. I hope you enjoy digesting those thoughts.

  6. Susannah says:

    I also just realised that transiting Mars is at present on my Natal Mercury at 3 degrees Leo.

    • chirotic says:

      And thus you become aware that the 4th dimension is the canopy which contains our 3D reality; as soon as you see that, you get to put it into perspective. Things don’t happen to us, we manifest our reality, based upon a subtle emanation from above. Isn’t it fabulous?

  7. libramoon says:

    I hope you don’t mind that I posted this article to the Seers and Seekers Yahoo group.

    You are invited to help to form what we continue to become:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/seerseeker/

    • chirotic says:

      I don’t mind in the least and I’d be very happy to contribute to the group if only I wasn’t so ridiculously busy all the time. I appreciate the offer though and I do believe these kinds of collaborative efforts are extremely important in light of the coming changes for the world, so bravo and good luck, I will certainly try to get involved when things are a bit quieter for me in the future.

  8. LB says:

    Jeremy – As much as I hate to be the first to comment, this latest post of yours hits too close to home for me not to.

    I have retrograde Mars/Part of Fortune closely conjunct in Gemini (in the 9th) square Pluto in Virgo (in the 12th). My Mars is also loosely quincunx (within 5 degrees) my Mercury in Scorpio (in the 2nd), which semisquares my Sag Saturn in the 4th. Coincidentally, my Saturn sits very close to the midpoint between my tight Mercury/Moon square.

    Several years ago, when transiting Saturn conjoined my Pluto (ruler of my 3rd) and squared my Mars, I developed a painful medical condition known as “Frozen Shoulder”, which severely limited the use of my left arm. Then, when transiting Saturn retrograded over this same point several months later, my right arm became affected as well, which had the unpleasant effect of rendering me fairly helpless, unable to do many of the things I’d always taken for granted, including sitting and sleeping.

    This happened during a time when I was overwhelmed by responsibilities and was about to attempt to take on even more (by looking for a new job to replace the one I’d just lost). I was well aware that I had far too much to deal with. So when my shoulders stopped working properly, the irony was not lost on me, with the obvious message being that I was already “carrying the weight of the world” on my shoulders. And while I had no choice but to succumb to the physical limitations imposed, I continued to meet the many practical (and intellectual) demands placed upon me. In fact, I was compelled by circumstance to fire-up my retrograde Mars and engage in a legal battle, one that I would rather have avoided.

    I was often reminded of the story of Job and how his friends had implicated him in his own suffering by bringing into question his “goodness”. I also questioned what I’d done to deserve such suffering, but unlike Job, I raged against God for deserting me – I was after all, a good and loving person. Eventually, I was forced to re-examine my relationship with God and to surrender whatever illusions I may have had about my own omnipotence and worthiness. Finally, I had no choice but to surrender and admit to not knowing the unknowable. The stars clearly showed me how the transits played out in my life (it all made perfect sense), but the why may never be completely clear. Was the experience meant to highlight the underlying issues in my life? If so, it certainly accomplished that and then some. Or maybe, the experience was allowed to happen in order to teach me humility and compassion — to show me the flaws in my faith so that they might be healed. I’ve always believed in the power of positive thought (to me that’s what faith is) and I don’t disagree that letting go of negative patterns of thinking is always a good thing. I’m just not convinced that by doing those things we can circumvent pain & suffering.

    I’m glad your shoulder is feeling better and also that it led to some greater awareness on your part – it sounds like you’re on a worthwhile journey. I wouldn’t wish physical (or emotional/spiritual) pain on anyone.

    • chirotic says:

      So your Mercury Saturn manifested in a very similar way and was triggered by heavy transits (quite literally, Saturn-Pluto is the heaviest going, and your mention of responsibility highlights that).

      The way we think creates our reality, but of course it’s always a challenge to discount the way others want us to think; that’s how we get trapped in negative patterns of manifestation and suffer as a result.

      The upper back indictaes a lack of emotional support, even if only perceived; then we have to carry our burdens alone.

  9. bookcrazy (mona) says:

    Seems to me that your are feeling your Neptune and Pluto progressions. Hte reason i say this is cuase you have redesigned your banner. Black being the colour of soil/drains and dark places (earth sign Capricorn and Pluto) mixed with psycadelic colours (neptune. Its all in the banner. No more mister cool and invinting but visit with a mister in your subtle face, use your brain i’m bnot holding your hand and think. I do enjoy your site very informative.

    • chirotic says:

      Thank you. I hadn’t thought about the banner much, but you could be right. I finished my Uranus half returns two days ago, Ne and Pl squares were all done with by last year, but I did have Sa/Pl in 2008/9. No fun at all!

  10. LB says:

    I forgot to mention that the nearest midpoint between my Mercury and Mars is within 3 degrees of my Uranus in Leo (in the 12th), and the far midpoint is within 2 degrees of my Moon in Aquarius (in the 5th).

  11. LB says:

    Meant to say the far midpoint is within 2 degrees of my Chiron in Aquarius (in the 6th). In any case, it all makes sense, especially since I also had my Chiron return at around the same time as Saturn’s transit to my Pluto. Sorry for the correction — it’s past my bedtime.

  12. Astr0mama says:

    Amazing! Your analysis is incredible! Thank you for continuing to share your astrological journey. You inspire me.

  13. Kelly says:

    Hi Jeremy. When the initial shock of reading your report subsided I wept for 2 days. We exchanged emails and I told you how accurate your report was – but then came the ‘denial’. Two months further down the track I began to confront the hard truth, that these aspects were my life and I was born with them. The small clues you gave me seeded faith and somewhere on an unconscious level a door opened(it happened to me on Christmas ).Something in essence is changing me and I feel an authentic healing process take place. Kindest regards

    • chirotic says:

      Hi Kelly, I’m glad you’ve got to that place, your astrology was tricky (everyone’s is of course, but most manage to avoid facing it for their entire lives, making themselves and everyone around them miserable in the process). You’re extremely brave and I respect your good qualities and courage no end.
      Take care.

  14. Juliet says:

    Jeremy, your writings lately have been intimately involved in some phenomenonal synchronicity happenings in my life. Thank you for sharing! Everything you wrote in this latest entry (along with your entry on Free Will) has been complimenting a book I’m currently reading called The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer. If you haven’t read it, I think you would really enjoy it. It’s all about how to become free of the Mind (Mercury) and talks about how we bring these kinds of events, illnesses, etc into our lives because of fear– of pain– and an unwillingness to open our Hearts.

    • chirotic says:

      I would really like to read that book Juliet, I’ll add it to my wishlist and purchase it when I have some spare cash. I totally accept and honour the principle that you outline as well, so I will enjoy it immensely I’m sure.

      I’m planning an article on synchronicity but there are all sorts of things going on in my life just now which is rather getting in the way of my articles: I have so much that I wnat to write, it’s very frustrating. Still, onward and upward! Thank you and good luck.

      • Juliet says:

        Thanks for replying, Jeremy. I really do hope you read the book. I would love to hear what you think of it. I have been going through a hell of a pack of Uranus Transits myself (Uranus Oppose Pluto, Saturn conjunct Uranus and now Pluto Square Uranus.) I read your reply to Urania– and I really identify with your feeling of peace and contentment despite the chaos and stress. This idea of opening the Heart Chakra– and freeing the Soul in doing so— it has caused me to re-think Uranus is a BIG way. Uranus is usually not thought of as a very “loving” planet but, I am beginning to think that Uranus might represent a kind of Ultimate Love– the kind of love that Buddha and Jesus and others have spoken about. I think Uranus is the key to opening the heart chakra– and freeing the soul to re-connect with the Divine.

  15. urania says:

    OH! Saturn, Pluto, Uranus must be mental for you right now on top of that natal scenario. I mean, I wake up crying most days at the moment just because I feel so caged and gagging for rebellion – seeing your chart made me have a little weep for your nativity instead. I feel a great deal of compassion for you Jeremy and I appreciate your sharing these intimate facts. Have you investigated your draconic chart at all? Blessed be.

    • chirotic says:

      Thank you, and yes life is stupidly tough just now, if I told you, you simply wouldn’t believe it. BUT, strangely (well, not at all strangely in fact) I don’t mind at all. I am permeated with a sense of ease, clarity and contentment that I have never felt before, except maybe as a very young child. It’s great, I simply cannot see my life as being difficult or unfair, I feel blessed. My astrology is quite tough, you’re right, and my life has been tough too (and often I’ve brought that on myself), but I’m in a good place even so.

      The Uranian push for freedom is intriguing too. My Ur. half-return was over two days ago and it has brought me so much clarity, I feel freer than I have in my life and yet in many ways I am outwardly quite fenced in (by people, attitudes, slander, control-freaks and cement-heads!) Somehow, it doesn’t matter, I have learned how to refuse to play the silly games any more; it’s very liberating.

      Take care Urania!

      • urania says:

        OH I just thought, what IS uranus half return anyway? And then I realised – I think I’m having it too! That’s half of 84? Well it’s all go isn’t it. Onwards and upwards – change is good and freedom is key.

  16. Urania says:

    Just thought of you and figured I would drop by – the next few days pack a wallop don’t they? I hope your load lightens for you over the next week or so – the world will be a different place for all of us once mars is direct and the moon is new.

    • chirotic says:

      Thank goodness: two days till Mars direct, and when it’s done I will tell you why *that* is so synchronous too!

  17. John (California) says:

    Jeremy,

    Great stuff, as usual. I’d missed the last several posts (because I thought I had subscribed, but found I had only subscribed to your photo blog). Anyway. I can relate, really!

    Briefly, let me say that I’ve been seeing everything so literally in my chart these last many years, that it has made me a true believer (in astrology). Mercury retrograde, especially, of course (I’m a Virgo) is something that I’m learning I can actually plan for, and I’d be better off to do so. But related to health, wow! You see, I’ve had this heart arrythmia for the last three + years. It’s all about Uranus and Saturn, again, plus Pluto. You see, when they have these oppositions and so on, it seems to take place, doggonit, right over my natal sun (think 1965-66) when I nearly lost (or in fact did lose) the thread in high school. This present Mars Rx has been in my eighth house and visiting and revisiting natal Pluto, and himself, Mars. Transisting Pluto now opposes natal Uranus. You know, I really really can’t wait for either the shit or conversely, the ambrosia to be flung about by the fan this summer. But you’re right, it is time to prepare. Seems the preparation is first internal, and then cooly and calmly, external. I’m hoping that you’ll post more of your soul searching thoughts about it.

    • chirotic says:

      Hi John, always good to hear from you. I like your perspective: I’m a subscriber to that viewpoint absolutely! It’s time (as you intimate) to switch the freqency otherwise you’re going to be leaving this earth in the next couple of years, or shutting down forevermore. I hate to stick my neck out like this, but I really do believe it. The world is changing, right now! No time to wonder and debate, time to switch to the new wavelength and save your soul. I’m glad you’re with the program, it’s going to be so much easier going into the next couple of years with your eyes open.

      Take care friend!

  18. royallyspeaking says:

    dear god
    you are about the brightest astrologer i have ever come across!

    Now could you look at prince williams chart …. and whether you think he will marry kate middleton
    I ll even donate 2$ for it!!!!!

  19. chirotic says:

    Thank you, but Noel Tyl is definitely brighter than me, and so are a fair few others. I’m thorough though! I’d like to be a better astrologer of course, never satisfied, but that’s how you learn right?

    I haven’t looked at the prince’s astrology, his parents’ I certainly have, and I may try it in the future. I’ll add it to my (very long) list and I wish you well.

  20. dawn says:

    thank you for what you shared, and how you shared it. your story, insight and intention moved and inspired me.

  21. Alison says:

    OK – now I’m worried. Its well over a month since you’ve posted & I’ve always thought of you as a very prolific writer. You are an exceptionally talented astrological commentator and I would hate to lose you. What can I do to help?

  22. mhendrick says:

    This is about the 9/11 Towers incident and conspiracy in New York causing the death of thousands of people’s,if not more. Remember,that morning clearly was on the internet and reading an article by a stock broker who pointed out that an investment firm had taken bet’s that morning that were above average on a certain airplane crashing into the tower on that day at that time on the floor of the investment company. Know this sounds strange and I don’t have the site info any longer as that computer crashed not long after…couldn’t believe that people would gamble on a airplane crashing into any building. It’s the tower that had a very upscale restaurant and was on the floor above the investment company.

  23. Robynne says:

    Thankyou, thankyou Jeremy, having a Mercury Saturn conjunction on my Ascendant, I recognise so much of what you are saying here, its as if Saturn never lets up, and the energy around communication and learning always feels painfully inadequate, as if you can never meet some impossible standard, that is usually self created anyway, (who put the goal post that high in the first place?) Anyway, its just a note to say ‘I hear you” and thanks for getting right to the heart of the matter. A brilliant read that struck quite a few chords.

    Cheers
    Robynne

  24. Morvah says:

    Yes thanks Jeremy, I visit often but haven’t commented before. Just to send best wishes and hope you’re OK.

  25. nola1715 says:

    dear jeremy…i am a new reader of your insightful blog, and am hoping you will post again soon. you have given me such hope with the edginess of your posts and analyses. please don’t give up on all of us who look forward to your insights and postings. many of us are in the same place as you, and we appreciate your efforts to add clarity to this vastly cloudy and vacuous world we live in at the moment. cheers!

  26. paulo says:

    Jeremy,
    How do u relate with astrology, herniated discs compressing the nerve at the LOWER BACK! tight to the hip upper side?
    I suffered an sever accident years ago, that made me incapable of working out/biking etc sports as my greatest passion… but luckily able to walk, breath have a life, and pass my learnings on the situation to others… anyway with transiting saturn conjunct my natal pluto and squaring natal sun, the pain is bigger than ever.

    What insights could you kindly give me?
    Thanks for the attention, and the amazing blog.

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