The Astrology of 2015

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By Steffan Vanel • Astrologer • Tarot  Reader

January 13, 2015

2015 looks like a continuation of the major Astrological theme of the last several years, with an additional consideration. And there is the arrival of a whole new Astrological configuration.

The continuing configuration is the Pluto in Capricorn Square to Uranus in Aries. The last exact square will be on March 16th.

There are, however, two things to bear in mind with this last square.

One is the fact that the six previous squares all had either Pluto or Uranus retrograde, moving backwards, at the time of the square. So one or the other planet was moving back over old material.

At the time of this last square both Pluto and Uranus are moving direct. This could be an ending of this series of seven squares between 2012 and 2015 with some kind of ‘bang’. The level on which that may occur is hard to predict.

The other consideration here is the fact that even though this is the last exact square, these squares have set in motion things which will continue to manifest.

For example, the last period of intense Pluto/Uranus activity was in the 1960’s when they were in conjunction with each other. The last exact conjunction was in June of 1966. That was a period of civil rights activity, the start of the build up in Vietnam and Beatlemania.

But the years that really reflect the intensity of that conjunction came after 1966, with the intensification of the War in Vietnam, the student riots in Paris, the Russian tanks in Prague, and the assassinations of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy etc.

And so I think it will take until the end of this decade to see the full manifestation of the transformative potential of these squares.

One clear manifestation of something that was born with this intense Pluto/Uranus energy in their chart is the so-called Islamic State or ISIS. I have spoken about their chart in an earlier newsletter and I make some comments about it in my YouTube lecture. Suffice to say it is a really intense chart and has some pretty intense transits coming their way in the years ahead.

The other large Astrological configuration at play this year is the Saturn in Sagittarius moving into a square to Neptune in Pisces. So all four outer planets will be in tension with each other this year.

This Neptune/Saturn square doesn’t peak until November, but I think its influence started last fall. I think it is relatable to the Racial/Police tensions in the U.S. and the Ebola epidemic in Africa.

I had the desire earlier to write a newsletter entitled: Am I my Brother’s Keeper? : Africa, Ebola and Racism. Basically, I have felt that there is no accident that these events have been happening simultaneously. I think it was also highly symbolic that President Obama’s summit meeting in Washington of African leaders that was supposed to cultivate American/African relations and business engagements took place right as there was the recognition that the Ebola outbreak had gone out of control, where one leader actually couldn’t attend the meeting in Washington because of it.

Saturn in Sagittarius in tension with Neptune in Pisces can involve having to be confronted or vulnerable to ways in which your own limited belief system has kept you from recognizing the true suffering of others, whether it is the danger of being a young black man in relation to a racially charged, militarized police force or, on the other hand, the fearful vulnerability of being a police officer in a society with so much fear, violence and guns around.

The dispassionate disconnect from those suffering in Africa is really obvious in that is was pretty much a side story here in the U.S. and Europe until we had our first cases of Ebola on our own territories.

In my YouTube lecture/video I speak about the Astrology chart for the birth of Ebola which is quite interesting, but I can say here does indicate the sign Cancer, of caring and nurturing, in tension with Pluto the planet of complete death/rebirth.

Any tension involving the planet Neptune or the sign Pisces, and here we have both, creates a high propensity for the ‘victim/victimizer’ program.

This time the tension is coming from a Saturnian stern restriction or ‘reality check’ in Sagittarius, a sign related to your ‘belief system’ and your philosophical morals.

Because the only way out of the victim/victimizer program is the positive side of the planet Neptune, that being: unconditional love, for oneself and for others, total forgiveness for oneself and for others, and total faith, trust and surrender to where there are no victims or victimizers, but just all of us little boys and girls doing the best that we can.

It brings to my mind what Rodney King said during the LA riots that followed the acquittal of the police officers who beat him: “Why can’t we all just get along?”

In addendum: I wrote the above before the Charle Hebdo Massacre took place in Paris. It seems that much of what I said above is applicable to what we see has taken place there.

The intensity of these aspects and the level of fear, resentment and hatred that is manifesting now seem to indicate that it is time for a major deep spiritual, psychological transformation if we are not to live in a world of greater and greater fear and danger.

On that note I would like to end with the Sabian Symbols for the degrees of the Zodiac being activated by the Saturn/Neptune Square which will be exact on November 26 (Thanksgiving Day here in the US)

I think that they bear poignant images of the kind of internal and external transformation that we are being called upon to manifest:

PHASE 248 (SAGITTARIUS 8°): WITHIN THE DEPTHS OF THE EARTH NEW ELEMENTS ARE BEING FORMED.
KEYNOTE: The alchemical fire which both purifies and transforms the very substance of man’s inner life.

Forces are at work in the deepest layers of the psyche which in their own way respond to the outer stimulation produced by a strong involvement in group ambitions and emotions, and even more by the powerful tensions and releases of love. An alchemical process goes on, usually unnoticed by the conscious ego, until it becomes obvious that a kind of mutation has taken place and a new level of awareness and of responses to life has been reached.

At this third stage of the five-fold sequence we deal with both the basic rhythm of growth of the human being and the reaction to more individualized experiences which aroused the emotions. The very substance of the person’s nature undergoes modifications, on the basis of which a new step may be taken. The symbol draws our attention to the inner changes. We have to become aware of them. What is implied is a kind of PSYCHIC GESTATION.

PHASE 338 (PISCES 8°): A GIRL BLOWING A BUGLE.
KEYNOTE: A call to participation in the service of the race, as an evolutionary crisis approaches.

This symbolic picture presents another aspect of the emotional relationship between the individual and the collectivity of human beings. It can also be related to the old feminist movement or the present women’s liberation. In traditional symbolism the woman refers more specifically to the biological and psychic aspect of human life; she is seen primarily as the mother, and/or the intuitive or “psychic” type of person. A new race of human beings may well be slowly unfolding some of its potential of consciousness and fulfillment. The individual who envisions this evolutionary development “sounds the call.” He or she is both seer-herald and mutant. In that sense such a human being is both an individual true to his original nature and a dedicated person — dedicated to the future he or she holds in latency as does a seed in mutation.

At this third stage of the sixty-eighth five-fold sequence the two preceding phases blend in a new form of consecration of the individual to the Whole. Tomorrow acts through today; it SUMMONS men to rebirth.

May We All Blessed Be,
Steffan Vanel