Stop War Means Caution Conflicts and Battle, Stuart Miles; freedigitalphotos.netShock and awe.  This sensation grips the collective consciousness now on a regular basis.  What happened to “peace on Earth, goodwill toward men”?  After all, it is December, the month generally filled with festivities around Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and other worldwide celebrations.  Where’s the joy?  Is the cosmos playing a dirty trick on us or what?  Let’s take a look.

First, in my usual style, let me toss a few cosmic alignments your way. Figuratively speaking, of course.  I’m in no mood to arm wrestle Mars.

And speaking of Mars, he’s a big player this month…ticking off the big boys (outer planets) one by one.  That’s known as “triggering” or “activating” in astrology.

The holiday season here in the States began in late November with a Pluto-Uranus-Mars T-square starting to form right around Thanksgiving.  This created a volatile and explosive energy that crosses the timeline of the Saturn-Neptune square.  Squares bring tension that requires action and T-squares even more so.

In seeing that play out, at first we were simply observers as the Turkish military shot down a Russian plane.  (Uranus rules aviation and Mars rules war.) A few days later, however, the violence became personal when a husband and wife teamed up as instruments of death at her husband’s work place in San Bernardino, CA.  This attack, now deemed a senseless act of terror, gained impact when authorities attached the word “radicalized” to the couple.   And as a result the election poll ratings shot up for the U.S. presidential candidate (with Mars conjunct his Leo Ascendant) who, referring to ISIS, says he would “bomb the hell out of them.”

Let’s face it.  On the surface it looks like the world’s gone mad.  And as I see it, this will only increase in the near future.  Sorry.

You see this Pluto-Uranus-Mars T-square peaks around December 7-9 and lasts until the 15th when Pluto drops out.  But the other players don’t release this energy play until December 25th, just as Uranus stations to go direct.  And in fact, the energy between Pluto and Uranus continues to intensify until reaching its peak on New Year’s Eve.  (I warned you this was coming.)

“Why…why…WHY?” we want to scream.

For that we have to look at the character and purpose of these planetary energies.  Pluto is known as the great destroyer; he will forcefully remove anything that stands in the way of our evolutionary growth and also rules the 8th House, the house of deathUranus is known as the great awakener who uses shock and unexpected events to burst our illusions and create rebellion where and when needed for transformation (Pluto) to occur.  Mars, in astrology, is second in power only to the Sun.  His raw fiery energy activates the outer planets with warrior-like zeal when connected.  And since the asteroid Pallas Athena and Black Moon Lilith also are in this mix through conjunctions with Pluto and Mars, that adds even more warrior energy—this time of a feminine nature.  Thus enters the wife in this deadly duo.

When Mars squares Uranus, actions tend to be radical, extreme, intolerant, and without patience.  Mars-Uranus hard aspects also can point to a lone gunman, something we’ve seen repeatedly over recent years.  Realize also that Mars squaring Pluto tends to raise the impetus for revenge—an energy I see building in the U.S.

Religious zeal runs especially high now too with Saturn in SagittariusSaturn demands the rules be followed, and since Sagittarius rules religions that gives more impetus for verbalizing and acting out those demands.

Sagittarius also rules foreign lands and the migrations of people, and Saturn wants strong boundaries.  Thus enters the Syrian refugee crisis and other border issues.  With Neptune expressing as illusion in his lower vibration, his ongoing square with Saturn adds confusion.  A sense of lostness pervades, not only for the refugees and other migrants but for those attempting to deal with it.

Now here’s the good news.  A T-square between Jupiter, Chiron, and first Mercury then the Sun also is in play.  The one with Mercury started to form November 30th, peaked December 2nd, and ended December 4th while the one with the Sun started December 5th, peaks at the Sagittarius New Moon December 11th, and ends the 15th.  (Though being tied in with the New Moon extends the effect until the 25th.) These geometric aspects offer us the opportunity to overcome “shadow material,” a.k.a. the darker sides of humanity in general and those of religions in particular.  Along with this comes a new joy to work as a healer and/or to increase philosophical understanding.

I caught a short feature in a newscast about a retired therapist who is now the official philosopher for a town of just over 1,000 people in Washington State.  And yes, it is an official designation.  He remains available to discuss whatever people have on their hearts and minds. In so doing, he meets their deepest need; to have someone listen—really listen to them.

Can it be that simple?  Can we begin to work magic and miracles from the grassroots up by this one simple act? Okay…sometimes it’s not that simple.  But what might happen if we did?

Listening is quite Mercurial actually, part of the whole communication process.

Take this report of a random act of kindness, for example.  A 21-year-old woman is overheard by another person in a bank as she pleads with the teller.   Because of the $100 in fees charged to her account, she can’t pay her rent this month.   The teller cannot reverse the charges.  Rather than question, criticize, or judge bank policy or the young woman, the listener steps forward and pays the $100.

Numerically we are in a 12/3 Calendar Month as the final month of this 8 Universal Year.  The number 12/3 calls for creative solutions that rise above victimizing or victimhood.  And in an 8 year, financial issues remain on the table for us all.

So here is my challenge to you in the middle of this world-gone-mad scenario:

  • Listen, not just with your ears but with your heart.
  • Speak with wisdom and compassion.
  • Stay open to new possibilities and put creative solutions into action as never before.

Realize that the planetary energies are not here to hurt us but to give us the energetic impetus for change. We again are at choice this month. What we chose to do, personally and collectively, is up to us.


Rayora Hartman


(photo credit: “Stop War Means Caution Conflict and Battle” by Stuart Miles;