Last week’s true prediction – big mergers and takeovers. See Forbes – China’s central government is considering consolidating its three largest nuclear companies (December 14th). China’s Mega Mergers Are Making Maoist-Style Monopolies
New prediction – Uranus in Aries squares Pluto in Capricorn on Monday 15th December at 5.13am in London. Pluto in Capricorn is perhaps the significator of corporate and government power. Last week I explained the Capricorn symbol – the mountain goat – in the context of large, pyramid-shaped structures with the masses at the bottom and the precious few in power at the top. Goats, of course, also climb to the top and this describes the process of promotion that takes place within political parties and corporations. Pluto was discovered in 1930 at the Lowell Observatory, during the development of the atom bomb, the ultimate power statement. The Blondie song Atomic could well be the theme of the week but we won’t be dancing. The clash with Uranus in Aries, that great symbol of impatience, selfishness and reckless rebellion, is discordant. This pattern occurs at 12 degrees Aries and Capricorn and the North Korea horoscope shows Neptune at 11 degrees Libra. This is very close to being an exact T-square and one has to wonder what North Korea is up to. Neptune, of course, is a symbol of the oceans as well as submerged activity.
Aries: 15-21 December 2014
Aries, if you have to be pushed into pursuing a more liberated existence, then so be it. The stage has been set since 2010, and occasionally the curtains go up and the performance (with suitable crashes, bangs and fizzing lights) is on. There is always something enthralling and genuinely exciting about a Pluto-Uranus square, and what takes place this week should galvanise you. Cause and effect are not really part of astrology, as they belong to mainstream thinking about time, but if we have to put them together, then let’s just say you have become far more independent in terms of your image, reputation or appearance – because of tremendous ructions in your chosen field. Your career, non-profit role or university life since 2008 has been transformed by personal power struggles involving your colleagues, staff, employers, lecturers, classmates or clients. On a wider level, your chosen field has become unrecognisable following mergers and collapses. This has forced you to focus hard on the way you look and appear, and as Mars is your planetary ruler, and the ruler of the First House of image in the natural zodiac, the emphasis on self-promotion, branding, labelling, presentation and packaging has seemed entirely natural – as if it was just something you should do, because you had to. Now, a new direction (peaking in the most tremendous changes at the April eclipse next year) is evident. Pursue, pursue. Squeeze out sparks.
Taurus: 15-21 December 2014
Taurus is a fixed earth sign, associated with the bull, as you know. The solidity of Her Majesty the Queen and David Beckham is a fairly reliable indicator of your sign. Hard to shift. Happiest when settled. Reliably the same, for years at a time. As a result of your astrological signature, you tend to find the current sequence of Uranus-Pluto squares rather hard to take. They are about incendiary change. What you have been set up for, since 2010, is the most radical new pathway in years, revolving entirely around the secrets you keep, the activities you cover up, the confidential matters you hide and the classified information you must keep to yourself. Again and again, this is where you turn for everything that is new, different, exciting and challenging. None of this would be happening without the ongoing ructions affecting your life on the internet, though. This is after all where you make your travel plans, or where you stay in touch with your regional and international contacts. It is also where you push-button publish, every time you sit down at the computer, and also where you exchange vast tracts of knowledge, no matter if it is Wikipedia or the University of Melbourne. The internet is about the examination of personal beliefs and philosophies, from the cynicism of Richard Dawkins to the Buddhism of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And from that small screen in front of you now, the biggest transformations have come (never to be repeated in your lifetime). Another one is here. But it will force you to be free, yet again, even if others do not know about it.
Gemini: 15-21 December 2014
Gemini, in 2008 Pluto entered Capricorn, and moved into your house of finance, property, business, personal possessions and charity. Two years later in 2010 Uranus entered Aries, and so the landscape altered in your life, setting you on a very different pathway, when everything you own, earn or owe would be intimately affected by the group – or by friends. This week, Uranus will clash with Pluto, and as these right-angle symmetries, or squares, tend to squeeze something new from us, you can count on a radical new order within days. Because of what has been happening with your money, house, company, apartment or business interests in the last year, with all the questions about how much control you do (or do not) have, you have found yourself veering towards friendships or group involvements which allow you to be your own person. Which excite you, to be honest. Which allow you to ignore your own past, even distancing yourself from it, and to experiment with electrifying and utterly original new ways of being a friend, or making friends, or operating within a team, society, association or other network. You will not have a peaceful week. These planets are not like that. One was found in 1781, the other in 1930 – tumultuous years. Try to go with it, though.
Cancer: 15-21 December 2014
Cancer, the relationship you have with one or more partners since 2008 has utterly changed your approach to marriage, de facto relationships and commitment. A former partner, a lost relationship or the constant lure of a potential romance may also have transformed you psychologically, sexually and emotionally. What you have seen is a recurring question about dominance, total control and ultimate power which has touched a nerve in you, as much as you have seen others working through those issues. It is possible that love and sex matter far less to you than winning or losing, which may mean that the last six years have been about your enemies, rivals and opponents rather than partners. In any case, the concerns have been the same. The balance of power. The constant change. The level to which you feel you have ownership over your own life. As a result of this long transit of Pluto, you have been drawn to a career path which is utterly groundbreaking. (If you don’t work, this applies to your voluntary role or university degree). You have done it your way, rather like the young Sid Vicious, but without the motorbike. This week, a familiar theme returns. When faced with a ridiculously unbalanced, balance of power in your personal life, or your battles – how radical are you prepared to be, elsewhere in your life? Ambition is ambition, but isn’t innovation and invention a potent substitute for that?
Leo: 15-21 December 2014
Leo, as I write your horoscope today, on the 29th of November, I am squeezing lemons into a glass, and the phrase ‘When life hands you lemons, make lemonade’ occurs. This is so appropriate for this part of December. It has actually been the case for years, as ever since Pluto changed signs in 2008, and Uranus two years later, your life has been set up for the most intense and relentless change, which has affected every single aspect of the way you work, study or volunteer. At some point your body must have become an issue, at least in terms of the way it does or does not serve you. Perhaps it is an issue as you read this. In astrology, your physical health and wellbeing is inseparable from your feelings about serving, working and doing your duty. If there is a disconnect, then the body is usually the channel which the soul chooses to protest. Through all this, though, you have been motivated to experiment and explore. The internet. The world. Particular philosophies and belief systems. Further education no matter if it is formal, or otherwise. What or who will set you off this week? The answer will become clear within days of Mercury’s ingress into Capricorn on Wednesday 17th December. But welcome change, no matter how difficult. It is now required.
Virgo: 15-21 December 2014
Virgo, after your ruler Mercury changes signs on Wednesday 17th December, you must either set down your questions in writing, or create a special time and space, in a quiet place, to find out what you most need to know. Your son, lover, daughter, godchild, niece, nephew or grandchild is at the core of the matter. Pluto occupies the same part of your horoscope now as Mercury, and this planetary cycle, which has been quite relentless since 2008, is about the legacy you leave to the generation who comes after you. If you do not have close or family connections to this generation, then your horoscope suggests you have taken on work, or unpaid work, involving children or young adults as an alternative. Sometimes it is possible to explore these issues about legacies and influence, through a serious sexual relationship where pregnancy or (through marriage) aunt or uncle status is always a possibility – but never occurs. Whatever the shape of your personal life, a recent change in the balance of power has occurred. This has had a domino effect and now you must rearrange the pieces. Nobody would be at all surprised to see you striking out, yet again, in the most revolutionary and exciting new direction with your money, business, house, charity, apartment or possessions. It is not that the story about the next generation causes it. Not at all. But the two processes of change run along together and will alter so much.
Libra: 15-21 December 2014
Libra, your ruling planet is Venus and she is associated with the old Hollywood concept of marriage, when women existed only in terms of their suspenders and lipstick, and where love triangles inflamed necessary passions. Your sign, the famous scales, describes those issues in a more symbolic way. Fairness and unfairness between partners. Gender equality (or otherwise). The legal system and the institution of marriage, and also common-law marriage (de facto relationships). Of all the signs who might most be affected by a Uranus transit of the Seventh House (which Libra and Venus rule in the natural zodiac) you are the most vulnerable, because you cannot really shine in this world, until you have equilibrium with your soulmate; justice with your rival or former partner; balance with your potential lover. Thus, Uranus in Aries has forced you to remake, remodel and utterly revolutionise your approach. It would be a mistake to assume that what happens this week is a function of one person’s personality or psyche. He or she masks the process very nicely, but it is the process that you have to explore, rather than his character, or her mindset. Certain things have gone down with your family, house, apartment or household. Maybe with your home town or homeland. You are rightly asking questions about who or what is in charge these days. Now, use that new energy source to bring about a big direction change.
Scorpio: 15-21 December 2014
Scorpio, you are ruled by Pluto, as you know, and this week he forms an ancient pattern in your horoscope known as a square. The square is to Uranus, the planet discovered by a most unusual brother and sister, in an age when people (even Kings) craved the unusual. That is rather a key word for this week, by the way. You departed The Usual years ago, in terms of the way you work and live. A kind of madness got into you, rather like The Madness of King George, but instead of running around court in your nightie, gabbling nonsense, you started to reject the most long-standing aspects of your job; your voluntary roles; your studies. This rejection process, which has been ongoing since 2010, has also involved you being rejected by others. And that rankled at the time. But now look – with the wisdom of hindsight you can see why the snubs only served to motivate you more, so you became fiercely committed to change, and then woke up one day to find out that not only were you right, you had also liberated yourself. You would never go back; that’s a nonsensical question. What matters now, is that you use the recent changes affecting your ability to communicate and connect, in a way that brings you even more freedom. You probably think you’ve been quite radical, shearing away the past and turning your back on everything (and everybody) that is so very 20th century. In actual fact, Scorpio, you haven’t even begun.
Sagittarius: 15-21 December 2014
Sagittarius, you have probably reached the point where you are longing for change, but unsure about the timing and process. The situation which has pushed you to this stage has permanently altered the way you see your money, tax, company, house, business, apartment, charity or possessions. You were not consulted. Not by him, her, them or maybe just the world at large. No wonder you are asking long overdue questions about who or what is actually in charge, here. It’s not that you feel like Pinocchio, manipulated from on high by a string-puller – you just want to engineer your own life, that’s all. Uranus, the planet which was found in a year when dead frogs jumped with what was called ‘animal electricity’ has a reputation for jerking us to life, when we have been recumbent or even semi-comatose. This is unfair, in a way, because you have been genuinely experimenting with the most electrifying and exciting versions of parenthood or sex, since 2010. You’ve separated yourself from the tired, the traditional and the tawdry and pursued your own unique version of intimacy, or family. Nevertheless, your horoscope is yelling at you this week. ‘Go further’ seems to be the general message. This is followed by ‘Do more.’ Look at what others have got away with. Be inspired. You have reached a point in your year when to reevaluate your son, daughter, relationship, godchild, niece, nephew or grandchild is only sensible. And likewise, if you have a professional or voluntary involvement with the young, isn’t it time you broke with the past one more time?
Capricorn: 15-21 December 2014
Capricorn, you are ruled by Saturn, a planet associated with systems and structures which run on auto-pilot, the better to protect you and make you feel secure in an insecure world. This is part of what makes you shine. Now and then, two planets which are at odds with this, create a strange symmetry in your horoscope and you are forced to shift position. Conventional wisdom says, Capricorn people like you do not enjoy this. Look at how much you have gained from your house, family, home town, apartment, homeland or household since 2010, though. Nobody could have been more radical than you, at least in the context of your old life. A couple of peak moments in the last four years have shown you how genuinely enthralling life can become if you are prepared to listen to that voice in your head, which urges you to explore; to invent; to innovate. This week, you are invited to A Dance to the Music of Time. This is a famous painting in the Wallace Collection in London which shows Saturn, your ruler, on the outer, as the disco proceeds without him. You can either attempt that isolation from a natural process of change, or join the dance. There is no traditional way to do anything, any more. Not to share a home, not to renovate, not to invest in property or even claim a particular sense of belonging to a town or country. As you join the dance, deeper questions stir. They concern the way you look and appear to the world at large, and unless you confront who or what takes over, continually, and do some research, those questions will never be answered.
Aquarius: 15-21 December 2014
Aquarius, your ruling planet Uranus forms a perfect square with Pluto on Monday 15th December at 5.13am in London. Changes which you have been promising yourself or others you would make, must now proceed. You actually have no alternative. The internet in particular is heavily invested in changing technology and content design. Every year, a new version of the old web is touted – and that is even without the particular contribution of apps, e-books and the rest. What comes next? You do. You will be part of the wave, if you take this week’s planetary activity to its logical conclusion. Uranus in the energetic and forthright sign of Aries is about communication, as a whole, and not only about your digital life. It is concerned with the listening and speaking process; with language and comprehension; with telephones and microphones; with fax machines and the media. You can congratulate yourself on having reinvented the wheel since 2010, because in four short years you have overturned a great deal of the old baggage from the previous four years. Maybe even the previous forty, depending on your age. What happens this week reminds you, this is not enough. There is more baggage to ditch. Old systems, attitudes, resources or connections must go. Others have been trialling some aspects of what you are now considering. Find out what worked and what did not. Then invent your own version and go.
Pisces: 15-21 December 2014
Pisces, you seem far more inclined to take a wildly experimental and exciting new approach to money, property or business. Part of the impetus comes from recent changes affecting your social life, old friendships, social media or group commitments. That thudding sound recently, announced a major alteration which has subsequently affected everything else. Just one look and you can see how things are panning out. Now, you are driven to look more closely at associations and social relationships which disempower you. There is no polite way of expressing this. Your chain has been yanked. Because there are some very old ties here, or even a habitual loyalty when it comes to the art of friendship or group commitment, you have let certain comments pass you by. They have been reaching you since 2008, though, and six years is a long time to ignore certain realities. What is the best case scenario for this week? Not shuddering in the corner would be a start; Pisceans are highly absorbent and can pick up far too much in the psychic atmosphere. The world in general will be undergoing tremendous ructions near the Uranus-Pluto square on Monday 15th December. Try to separate yourself from everything and everybody that distracts you from the necessary process of change. Liberating new arrangements for your house, bank account, tax, business interests, apartment, company, charity or possessions are on offer.
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