Thursday 15th April, 6.50 am, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
I am lying in bed, groggy with sleep. Our suitcases are packed. The flight for Exeter airport, Devon, UK leaves at 10.30 am. We are due to leave the house for Glasgow airport at 8.45 am. Plenty of time for a cup of tea in bed, gratefully received from my husband, Ian.
“I have some interesting news for you”, he says, exuding Aquarian calm and detachment.
“What?” I ask.
“We’re not going.”
“What!!!” I yell, spilling my tea. “Why not?”
“There’s a very high cloud of volcanic ash heading for Scotland from yesterday’s volcanic eruption in Iceland. It could foul up jet engines. Glasgow airport is shut.”
Friday 16th April,11.50 am, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
As I write today, all UK airports are closed except for very few flights going to places the ash has passed over – eg the Outer Hebrides off Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Canada. There is chaos and disruption spreading across the world: Heathrow airport, London and Glasgow airport, Scotland are two major UK hubs for international flight transits.
We do not know how long the volcano will continue to spew out fiery molten rock and ash from hundreds of feet below a glacier in Iceland, which has been hurling amongst other things, “blocks of ice as big as houses”. Hundreds of people from Iceland have been evacuated from their homes – flooding comes next, as the glacier melts.
Explosions, fire and flood: Jupiter conjunct Uranus in Aries/Pisces, anyone?
Astrologers are odd people. I had several simultaneous reactions yesterday as I lay in bed – sipping my tea, shocked, watching dramatic images of fire, belching lava, chaos….
Disappointment – for us, our relatives and friends whom we would now not be seeing for the short visit we had planned. Fellow feeling for thousands of stranded passengers and disrupted lives. Alarm at the thought of the economic fall-out which even a few days of this upheaval could inflict on already creaking world economies. But – awe at the raw power of Nature in putting us humans firmly in our place. And wonder: at the planets’ unfailing ability to mirror “as above, so below”.
Any planetary energy pattern involving Uranus has as its signatures shock, disruption and most of all, unpredictability. New ground is broken (in this case, literally!). As a famous astrologer once observed: “If you can predict it, it isn’t Uranus….” Nevertheless, most of us can’t resist trying, at least in broad brush strokes!
Last summer, in an article written for the American Federation of Astrologers AFA Interview: Jupiter, Uranus and the Purple People from Planet Zog as a promotional exercise to publicise my book “Jupiter Meets Uranus – from erotic bathing to star gazing”, the editor of the AFA journal asked me for my thoughts on what the upcoming conjunctions of 2010/11 in Aries and Pisces might bring. You can read those in Jupiter conjunct Uranus: a few thoughts on the 2010/11 encounter , which was re-published on my “Jupiter meets Uranus” website on October 31, 2009, in which I commented that ‘Also suggested is fiery eruption disrupting the very fabric of the Earth itself.’
Other astrologers in magazines and across the Web will have made similar comments regarding the upheavals and turbulence politically, economically, socially and personally which we can expect from the unusual and highly dynamic energy pattern involving Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn and Pluto which is currently shaping up.
Spring and Summer 2010
I am currently publishing a series of articles on the “Jupiter meets Uranus” website, as the first of three Jupiter/Uranus conjunctions, at 0 degrees Aries (8 June 2010), 28 deg 43’ Pisces (19 September 10) and 27 deg 02’ Pisces (4 January 2011) begins to form.
Astrologers work with orbs, ie ranges of gradually increasing potency as planetary patterns approach exactitude. I decided to set a wide orb of 10 degrees for observing the effects of the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus conjunction in which I have a special interest, having written a research study of the 1997 conjunction in Aquarius – which, after a long series of unpredictable disruptions finally got published in April 2009!
At the end of March 2010, Jupiter was at 17 deg Pisces, applying to Uranus at 27 deg. Pisces: just within my observational orb. In early April 2010 we had a severe earthquake in China. This week we have had the major Icelandic event with its attendant chaos. What next, as the conjunction edges its way to exactitude at 0 deg Aries, on 8th June 2010?
As I say in my research study “Jupiter meets Uranus – from erotic bathing to star gazing”
“….The dynamic fire and air combination of astrological Jupiter combined with Uranus has a particular symbolic function in enabling evolution, which is to see no limits…..”
What limits will we see breached in the coming year, on all fronts?
In the next article which will appear on the “Jupiter meets Uranus” website at the end of April 2010, ie ‘Back to the Future! series: Part Three’, I will be looking in more detail at the Cardinal (Aries, Libra, Cancer, Capricorn)
backdrop to the upcoming Jupiter/Uranus conjunction, and reflecting on the 14-year Jupiter/Uranus cycle, with special emphasis on individuals whose horoscopes are ‘plugged in’ to the upcoming series of conjunctions and its attendant ‘big heavies’ – Saturn and Pluto.
I have already had quite a number of volunteers contact me, prepared to tell me their stories as the observational year I have set unfolds (March 2010 to February 2011, after which the 10 degree orb fades out). So check out the site – and join in the excitement!
On Thursday morning early, we thought we were going South to Devon, England, to visit relatives and sun ourselves in that old hippy haven, the historic and scenic town of Totnes. Just over 24 hours later, we are now heading up North to the sacred Isle of Iona, Scotland, on what may turn out to be a spiritual pilgrimage. A 180 degree change of direction, in more ways than one!
Mars, planet of action and boldly-going, is 1.5 degrees of Cancer in my horoscope. Ian’s is almost exactly opposite, at 2.5 degrees of Capricorn. We are both firmly ‘plugged-in’ to the upcoming pattern. Maybe my next bulletin will be from Alpha Centauri. Watch this space….
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