With so many global developments, I figured it was time to write a few (okay, almost four thousand) words about the current astrological climate. On deck: artificial intelligence, the global economy, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, and the currently Hollywood strikes.
THE 2022 MIDTERM ELECTION & THE UNITED STATES’ PLUTO RETURN
The United States’ 2022 midterm elections are in the rearview mirror, and the astrology mainly played out as expected.
Two events took place on November 8: Election Day and a lunar eclipse in Taurus tightly conjunct (in other words, “practically on top of”) Uranus — the planet of chaos, surprises, twists, and unexpected developments.
It was that strong Uranus influence that led me to, in my last blog post, write: “I do not expect the 2022 midterm elections to go smoothly or come and go with little fanfare. I also expect at least one race to have a significant upset.”
Before 2022 ends and I write about the astrology of 2023 (and who will be most affected; look for that post the first week of December), I want to provide a status report on the current astrological climate and touch on some of the topics and people I am most asked about.
Lots to cover in this post. Let’s get right to it.
THE GAMESTOP STOCK HEADLINES
I’ll let Wikipedia provide the one-sentence summary: “In January 2021, a short squeeze of the stock of American video game retailer GameStop and other securities took place, causing major financial consequences for certain hedge funds and large losses for short sellers.”
Onto the details.
On January 28, GameStop’s stock reached $483 per share (on January 4, a share could be purchased for $17.25). By February 2, GameStop shares lost 60 percent of their value. By February 9, shares plummeted 86 percent from their January 28 high. Per CNBC, “hedge fund Melvin Capital Management lost 53% in January” as a result of this short squeeze.
This case of severe stock market whiplash wasn’t terribly surprising to me, given the astrological climate.
As I explained in my January 7 blog post, 2021 will be dominated by a persistent square (90-degree) aspect between Saturn in Aquarius and Uranus in Taurus. I wrote:
“… in my eyes, this Saturn-Uranus square indicates major (Uranus) economic (Taurus) restructuring (Saturn) as we embrace a new world (Aquarius).”
This square will peak (AKA: be exact) at three different times in 2021:
- February 17
- June 14
- December 24
Although the aspect is active all of 2021 (and until November of 2022), the time periods listed above are when we can expect “Saturn square Uranus” themes to reach a boiling point.
As I explained in that same January 7 post: “given these two planets’ slow speeds, I will keep an eye on those dates — with a three-week window on either end” (the GameStop stock short squeeze falls within the ‘dates to watch’ of that first peak).
I want to explain why this event, in particular, epitomized Saturn in Aquarius.
As I always say, the planets don’t give a
fu er, “hoot”, about how we keep track of time on Earth.
Astrologically, the start of a new week/month/year doesn’t have special significance. It’s the dates of specific planetary configurations that we care about.
Last year, we experienced three crucial astrological events on five specific dates (one reason why it was such a… unique year!):
- January 12: Saturn-Pluto conjunction
- April 5: Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (first pass)
- June 30: Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (second pass)
- November 12: Jupiter-Pluto conjunction (third pass)
- December 21: Jupiter-Saturn conjunction.
Astrologically speaking, 2020 ‘started’ on January 12 and ‘ended’ on December 21. That’s almost equivalent to a calendar year. But, some years, we don’t have an important astrological event until April or May. And, that one event may be at play until June or July of the following year. So, a calendar year is not always the most accurate way to track astrological phenomena.
As an earthling, I nevertheless understand the symbolism of beginning a new year. So, in this post I will cover the most significant astrological influences over the next twelve months, and specify who will be most affected by them (if you have your birth chart handy, you’ll want to reference it).
I have divided this post into various sub-sections so you can read it piecemeal (and easily remember where you last left off).