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The Mighty Equinox

Dear Friend and Reader:

Earlier this week, we experienced the first Libra equinox with Pluto in Capricorn: Sun square Pluto in the cardinal signs. This is the most recent of many firsts associated with this still-new Pluto transit. In a few weeks Saturn will enter Libra and we'll experience another major event: Saturn in Libra square Pluto, one of the true stand-out sluggers in the vast aspect repertoire of astrology. If you want to understand the astrology, check out the news: a global climate summit in New York, the G20 erupting into massive protest and certifiably creepy police response, wildfires and floods and the weather going mad -- what's a girl to do?

All of this is associated with the Aries Point -- the potent first degree of the zodiac -- because the planets involved are poised in the first degrees of the cardinal signs (Aries, Cancer, Libra or Capricorn). That puts them right near the Sun (i.e., conjunct, square or opposite) any time there is a change of seasons; for quite a while, these seasonal turning points will seem bigger than usual, and as they are today, come with concentrations of wide-reaching news that actually matters to us as individuals or feels like it should. For a while, every season will feel like another year; and with each passing season the news becomes more personal.

Even as President Obama was addressing the United Nations climate change summit, the cover of CNN included news of a drowning mother caught in a Georgia flood; wildfires that raged in California and a state of emergency was declared; Sydney, Australia, was swarmed with a dust storm that made it look like a Martian landscape; and Sanjay Gupta, CNN's medical correspondent, caught H1N1.

At the UN, Obama also raised an issue we haven't heard about in a decade: nuclear nonproliferation. He warned that, having evaded disaster in the Cold War, we now face the threat of regional nuclear arms races (India versus Pakistan; Israel versus Iran) and "loose nukes," of which there are many as a result of the decomposition of the USSR. [Text, video of Obama's presentation at this link]

"No longer do we have the luxury of indulging our differences to the exclusion of the work that we must do together," he said, which gave me an instant aha as I saw him say the words: exploiting differences and conflicts is a way to avoid the important work that we as humanity have to do. This is the game of stopping the conversation about health care reform by accusing someone of being a socialist; on one level, all of our red herring arguments amount to the admission of being too lazy to do anything, or too invested in another values system but not willing to admit it outwardly.

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Weekly Horoscope for Friday, September 25, 2009, #785 - BY ERIC FRANCIS

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Gemini (May 20- June 21)
You seem to be stuck on an emotional point. You may also not know that's what's going on; it's difficult to identify the true nature of a hangup when you're in the midst of it. If you're obsessing over finding 'the right strategy', that is a sign that you're snagged. But how do I know the issue is emotional? Well, that's what your solar chart suggests. Here's what else: you are secretly trying to negotiate with one or both of your parents; to do what you think would impress or please them. This has been going on for a while, but not so blatantly as at this particular moment. Issues lingering from childhood usually go away when we want them to, so here is a question: what purpose is it serving? Clue: it's a huge distraction.

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Libra (Sep. 22 - Oct. 23)
The Sun is now in your birth sign, but this may not be granting the renewal, relief and sense of awakening that it usually does. It's difficult to overlook the feeling that something huge is lurking behind the scenes of your existence, something over which you have no control. There's a bit of an exaggeration going on for you; what you're feeling is impending change. Remember though, this isn't the kind of change you can plan. It's the kind you must embrace when the time comes; and it won't arrive all at once. The adjustments that will significantly improve your existence will arrive in a series of decisions. This information can relieve you of the need to plan, though I suggest you experiment with ideas for what you want.

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Aquarius (Jan. 20- Feb. 19)
Your world is getting bigger. Finally and at long last, you have a sense of what is possible, as a feeling more than as a list. This feeling is crucial because it's the experience of granting yourself permission to dance with your own potential. Aquarius is the sign of the zodiac that is about mental patterns. Many astrological factors have been conspiring to get you off the tracks and out of the mental maze that you've been calling a personality. In truth, your unconscious has sent you just about every kind of signal and given you the opportunity to experience just about every kind of test that's available. Yet there are few experiences so powerful as stepping outside the door and recognizing that you can do anything you want.

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